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Dentelles de Montmirail, Gigondas

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The Dentelles de Montmirail are a small chain of mountains in Provence in France, in the département of Vaucluse, located just to the south of the village of Vaison-la-Romaine.They are foothills of the highest peak in Provence, Mont Ventoux, which is situated just to the east. The dramatically jagged shape of their peaks was formed by horizontal strata of Jurassic limestone being folded and forced into a nearly upright position and subsequently eroded into sharp-edged ridges and spikes. The highest peak of the Dentelles is St-Amand, at 734 m (2,400 ft). The range, which is about 8 km wide, offers over 600 trails for walking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. The foot of the Dentelles is surrounded by vineyards of the Rhône Valley.EtymologyTheir name dentelles, the French word for lace, refers to their shape obtained by erosion, while Montmirail is derived from the Latin mons mirabilis meaning 'admirable mountain'.HistoryLocated on the territory of the communes of Beaumes-de-Venise, Crestet, Gigondas, La Roque-Alric, Lafare, Le Barroux, Malaucène, Suzette, and Vacqueyras; the Dentelles de Montmirail were an important natural frontier during Antiquity between the tribes of the Memini in the south, and the Voconces in the north.
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  • I really like provence, including Vaucluse, and I find that this amazing relief adds to its beauty
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  • The discovery of the lace is a must if you go in the splendid Vaucluse.Paysages, fresh air and blue sky. Avoid July August and WE predict shoes that protect the ankles.
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  • On vacation in the region, they advised me to go to this place for years. What a great family outing. The place is very beautiful nature. The view is breathtaking. I think to come back soon. Watch out for the elderly this place may be difficult to access.
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