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Caromb

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Pop.: 3.300 h.

Situated between the Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail, 12 km north in Carpentras via the D938 and then the D21.
Caromb - Bell tower



Located high in the foothills of the Ventoux, the fortified village of Caromb has preserved some very interesting monuments within its ramparts.



Caromb - Church

Caromb is endowed with one of the largest Romanesque churches in the Vaucluse, the church of Saint Maurice, erected in the 14th century and listed as a historical monument in 1849. It houses numerous masterpieces, notably the triptych by Grabuset, the tomb of Etienne de Vaesc (died 1501) and a baroque style Italian organ dating from 1701, which has been restored and is in working order.

Caromb - Statue


You will be able to continue your visit through the lanes in the centre of Caromb where traces of the past are still quite apparent. Going by the Place du Cabaret, where the tourist office is located, you will be able to see a gate that unfortunately represents all that remains of a 15th century chateau. Your next discovery will be the fountain on the square which dates from 1749 (listed as a historic monument). Note in particular its 4 stone mascarons representing the legend of King Midas who was saved from dying of thirst thanks to a mysterious well found in the middle of the desert.

Caromb - Entry of the village

Your visit will take you under ancient archways that lead to the Belfry (16th century) proudly displaying the town's coat of arms. It is crowned with an elegant wrought iron campanile. On the ground floor you'll notice the remains of an old olive oil mill and during the summer period you'll be able to enjoy exhibitions here, by artists from the region.


Caromb - Fountain

In the Lauron valley about 2 km away, the Paty dam has created a man-made lake that is much appreciated by anglers. In summer one can also bathe here, but please note there is no lifeguard. Resources in Caromb are essentially agricultural, in particular the production of vine grafts. Caromb apricots are also very well known. So don’t' miss out on the Tuesday morning market.
Caromb - Landscape




If you can, you should sample the local speciality: pork and white kidney beans au gratin. This dish is a meal in itself..., the locals will tell you in their inimitable accent: "cassoulet is a joke compared to this"... and they're not wrong!

A bit of advice: better visit the village first and eat afterwards...


What to see:

St Maurice 14th century Romanesque church,
The Belfry Tower with its 14th century campanile,
Museum of wine growing tools through the ages.
The fountains, the Paty dam.



Leisure activities:

Tennis, man-made lake with facilities,
walking and mountain biking.
The cherry festival in June.



Accommodation:

Hotel.
Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.
Campsite.



Neighbouring villages:

Modene (2,5 km), Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron (4 km), Crillon le Brave (4 km),
Saint Pierre des Vassols (3 km), Le Barroux (5,5 km).







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