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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  • Visible from the small beautiful village of Suzette, these Rockies laces that take their name from the latin (mountain to admire) or admirable, stand proudly and seems to tear up the sky, so blue in this region.
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  • Very very beautiful hiking confirmed hikers of very beautiful views ideal period September or April not too hot not to do on wet ground but the view is worth the glance!
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  • We were a group of friends to hike the crests of the lace. We had a map of our route and I said that we are accustomed to hiking. We left the parking lot of Gigondas and on the path shown. After the first kms more indication and this was the beginning of back and forth between vineyards and hills. A winemaker has given us guidance by specifying that the railways were private so there is less and less markup. We met other groups lost like us. Are identified for future hikers. It is a beautiful place and despite the complicated paths, the lace under the Sun and the vines down it's magic.
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  • Beautiful part of France with the stunning rocks visible from miles away. There's lots of hiking trails around. Beware there's sometimes some hunting going on.
  • Prepare your shoes :) but the walk and the view are fantastic !!
  • Totally worth the 1h hike. Wow!
  • Worth a hike up to the top!
  • fantastic !!!

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