After crossing the Gorge of La Clue, a natural splendour that is worth a detour, and taking a hairpin road in a beautiful verdant landscape, you will arrive at Plaisians, a very small isolated village high up facing Mont Ventoux.
Here you will find untroubled tranquillity, far from the crowds of tourists.
Plaisians is still very much a farmers’ village and countryside life is everywhere. As you admire its charming pale ochre stone-built houses painstakingly restored with their brown shutters, you will hear cocks crowing and dogs barking.
Shaded by fragrant old lime trees, the neat and tidy village square where the village church stands with its square belltower, is imbued with serenity. There is no longer any sign that a long time ago a castle once stood here, destroyed in the 16th century during the religious wars.
Today Plaisians is the ideal starting point for hiking in the mountains, and certain tourists – many of whom come from Northern Europe – have got the message and regularly rent a gite here.
They come to Plaisians to discover the paths of Provence, on foot or on horse-back...
and incidentally also for the gourmet restaurant that serves delicious local specialities !
What to see:
Chapelle d'Aiguières, formerly a Benedictine priory.
Gorges of la Clue.
Nearby: Gorges of Ubrieux (listed natural site).
Many hiking routes along waymarked paths (including GR9).
Mountain biking / Cycling. Petanque.
Quads for rent on private trail.
Nearby : Climbing site of Mont St Julien (internationally renowned).
Horse-back excursions, horse-riding (7 km from an equestrian centre).
Tennis. Bathing in river. Paragliding.
Numerous rural gites. Rentals.
Restaurant. Pony trekking centre.