Caromb

The Vaucluse Departement - Pop.: 3,283 inh.

puce Situated between the Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail, 12km north in Carpentras.

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

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.


Caromb, church

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.

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.


Caromb, square and fountain
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 castle.

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, belfry

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, cafe terrace
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.

Caromb's resources are mainly agricultural, with in particular the production of grafts for the vine and the production of figs, the "Black of Caromb". Cultivated for more than a hundred years, the production of fig is today about 100 tons per year.


Both fragrant and sweet, this fig has very good staying power and cooks very well.


Mid July, each year takes place the ffig festival organized by the fig brotherhood. Tasting and sale of figs (and fig trees), craft market, fashion shows, entertainment, aperitifs, taste workshops, fig jam contest ... all in a very nice atmosphere.

Caromb, cafe terrace
If you can, try one of Caromb's culinary specialties: the white bean and pork gratin.

It is a dish that fits well in the stomach ..., they will tell you themselves with the accent "the cassoulet next to it is a joke" ... that's an understatement!

A word of advice:
to taste after having visited the village ...




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puce What to see:

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

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puce Leisure activities:

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

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puce Accommodation:


Hotels.
Bed and breakfast.
Vacation rentals.
Campsite.

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puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Modene (3 km), Saint Pierre des Vassols (3 km), Crillon le Brave (4 km), Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron (4 km) and Le Barroux (6 km).

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