Richerenches

The Vaucluse Departement - Pop.: 729 inh.

puce 8 km south-west of Valreas.

Richerenches, medieval gate
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, stone houses

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, truffles' market
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, church

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.




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puce What to see:

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

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puce Leisure activities:

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

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puce Accommodation:


Bed and breakfast.
Vacation rentals.

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puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Grillon (4 km), Visan (7 km) and Valréas (8 km).

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