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Saint Roman de Malegarde

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Pop.: 280 h.

23 km north-east of Orange, in the northern part of the Vaucluse department.
From Bollène take the D94, and then at Tulette take the D7.
Saint Roman de Malegarde village


On the edge of the Vaucluse, looking onto the border with the Drome and dozing between Bollène and Vaison-la-Romaine, Saint-Romain-de-Malegarde is a former outpost of the order of the Knights Templar, built on the left bank of the Aygues on the northern border of the Comtat Venaissin.


Saint Roman de Malegarde, street

The top of the old village is built on a hill, where the streets are steep and narrow. The bottom of the village has absorbed new buildings such as the school and the mairie.

In the surrounding area you can discover a botanical trail and the beautiful valley of the Aygues, from Nyons to Orange.

Thanks to a few footpaths around the village, you can also admire the landscape of the foothills of the Alps and the Ardeche.
Saint Roman de Malegarde, church



To visit Saint-Romain-de-Malegarde walk up its lanes, which become narrower and narrower as you penetrate into the village.

Don't miss the parish church in the centre of the village, dating back to the 13th century. Its fa├žade is decorated with an 18th century clock and a Maltese cross.


Saint Roman de Malegarde, tower

As if to move closer to the heavens, the climb continues to the highest point of the village, where you will find the remains of its ancient 12th century chateau.

All that remains is three towers. The middle one is a a troglodyte part of the former fortress.

Only a few hundred people live in the village all year round. Most of the inhabitants are wine-growers and cultivate appellation controlee "Cotes du Rhone" vineyards.

Saint Roman de Malegarde, washing house

You'll find few shops in the village, but there is a friendly bar-restaurant that enlivens the village somewhat.

However, don't be fooled by the village's peaceful appearance. As soon as the fine weather arrives, its population doubles or even quadruples in the high season.



What to see:

The ruins of the chateau.
The 13th century parish church.
The steeply sloping lanes.



Leisure activities:

Walking. The botanical trail.



Accommodation:

Holiday rentals. Gites.
Bed and breakfast.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

Buisson (3 km),Tulette (3 km), Vaison-la-Romaine (5 km), Roaix (8 km).







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