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Dramatic Dentelles de Montmirail

Post by Sharat | January 28, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Dramatic Dentelles de Montmirail

The Dentelles de Montmirail is a mountain range located in Provence. They can be seen from quite a distance away and you will immediately notice their distinctive jagged outline that dramatically emerge from Cotes du Rhone. When you get up close to the Dentelles, their appearance becomes even more dramatic thanks to the sheer cliffs that are 100 metres high the deliver a landscape that is truly inspiring.

Visiting the Dentelles

The best thing about the Dentelles de Montmirail region is its scenery and the range of outdoor activities it has to offer. If you visit but choose to stay in your car, you will most certainly be missing out. The Dentelles de Montmirail also has a number of villages that are close by that are well worth exploring as you pass them by. This mountain range easily offers some of the most spectacular scenery in all of France and it is best visited on foot. There are plenty of hiking opportunities throughout the region, and there are several well-trodden paths that will help you explore the area. You can choose from short trails below the peaks or if you happen to be the adventurous kind you can opt for the ambitious granderandonnée that traverses the range.

Suggested walks

The most popular hike is one that provides a wonderful introduction to the region and ends at the summit of Mont Saint-Amand. Don’t be put off by the word summit because the peak is in actual fact just 725 metres above sea-level and you start your journey at about 300 metres above sea level so the hike is not that intense. The path is fully sign-posted right from parking and the round trip will take you about 4 hours. There is another walk that starts from the same place and also features spectacular scenery but is significantly more challenging.

Other activities

Other popular activities for those who are not for the faint of heart include rock climbing along the dramatic cliffs and if you prefer something less adrenaline intensive you could go mountain biking instead. The Cotes du Rhone region is full of vineyards and there are some fantastic wines produced here. You should pay a visit to the village of Gigondas which has the best-known wines in the region, but there are also plenty of other villages that produce very reputable wines as well.

Dentelles de Montmirail, on Flickr

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