Tarendol Bellecombe

Departement of the Drome - Provencal Drome - Pop.: 100 inh. - Altitude : 630 m.

puce 19 km from Saint May via the D94 and then the D162.

Tarendol Bellecombe, the village

The name of Tarendol Bellecombe originates directly from the Middle Ages, when the site belonged to several Lords: Bellecombe, Pennafort, Tarendol.

Today, Tarendol is a hamlet located a kilometre upstream from the village of Bellecombe, which is reached via Col de Soubeyran.

Tarendol Bellecombe, goats

The farm belonging to René Barjavel grandfather, made famous in René Barjavel's novel as Françoise's farm, was probably located on the little square of today's hamlet.

Tarendol Bellecombe, stone house

Surrounded by blue marl hills full of ravines and apricot orchards, facing Mont Ventoux, the hamlet consists of just a few old stone-built barns and houses and a large church, set on a slope overlooking the valley.

Here the air is pure and light, and complete tranquillity reigns.

During your visit you may meet some goats, horses, pigs and hens... and perhaps a few hippies. The village's main centre of activity is the Les Garelles farmhouse inn, which serves as a gîte for horse-riders and cyclists.


puce What to see:

Ruins of the Château of Pennafort (some distance from the village).
Oratory of Saint-Laurent.
Cemetery where René Barjavel is buried.


puce Leisure activities:

Horse-riding and hiking..
Climbing (recently equipped limestone cliff today providing roughly sixty different climbing routes).


puce Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.


puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Saint-Auban-sur-l'Ouvèze (17km) and Saint May (19km).