East of Avignon in the Comtat Venaissin - VENASQUE

Venasque is a picturesque village perched on the top of a narrow rocky ledge listed as one of the 126 "most beautiful villages in France." Venasque dominates the Nesque valley and the Carpentras plain.  The famous wine growing region of Côte de Ventoux spreads across the valley from the foot of Venasque but Venasque is mostly famous for it's delicious cherries that thrive on trees in the plains and on the hillsides of the Comtat Venaissin.
Venasque has many historical monuments  including a beautiful 9th century baptistery.  There is also a 12th century church with  three Saracen towers, (the highest measures 18m). From the towers you will have breathtaking views of the north of the Comtat, the Dentelles of Montmirail and Mont Ventoux (1,912 m).  The Eveques of Carpentras lived here in the Middle Ages as its high position provided protection for them.
Not far from this charming village you will discover other villages just as beautiful such as St Didier, Pernes les Fontaines and Isle sur la Sorgue.  Venasque is not far from the Abbaye de Senanque and you will enjoy driving through the Gorges de la Nesque.

Venasque is one of the oldest villages of the Comtat Venaissin, from where it takes its name. Its houses are rebuilt to original specifications and the tiny streets and dainty squares are delightful to visit. History lovers will be in their element... just like the dozens of painters and artists who have chosen to live here and you must not miss the local Festival that takes place in July.