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Richerenches

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Pop.: 800 h.

7 km south-west of Valréas.
Richerenches, belfry



Richerenches is a charming little village. It shelters one of the oldest and most important of the garrisons of the Templiers de Provence (12th century).

A large walled enclosure flanked by four towers protect the commanderie. This garrison, formerly the "chief of police" of the region, is one of the best preserved in Provence.


Richerenches, door of the village


Visitors to the village will soon fall under its charm created by the pretty narrow streets and carefully restored houses.

You will also find a beautiful church and belfry with an arched passage-way.

Richerenches, street


Richerenches is not only an attractive village surrounded by beautiful countryside - it is also known for the quality of its truffles.

Richerenches is not only an attractive village surrounded by beautiful countryside - it is also known for the quality of its truffles. Classified "site remarquable du gout", the most important truffle market in France is held here on Saturday mornings, from the end of November to April.


Richerenches, memorial

Towards the middle of January, "la messe de la truffe" is held at the church. Instead of money, truffles are given in the collection... the offerings are weighed and sold and the proceeds go to the church

This ritual is held on the Sunday of St Antoine.


What to see:

Commanderie des Templiers (1136).
Tour de l'Horloge. The church and belfry.
Chapel ND de Bonne Rencontre.



Leisure activities:

Hiking, mountain biking, tennis and petanque.
Flower festival, first Sunday in May..
Truffle market, from November to April, Saturday mornings.



Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Grillon (4km), Visan (6km), Valréas (7km).







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