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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  • August 14, 2017
    That climbs! That climbs! Prepare your calves, but it's worth the detour! Find you on the walk on the blue path weather
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  • August 11, 2017
    We hike in the massif through a mix of circuits. Check-out of the office of tourism of gigondas, close to parking. The circuits are available for all levels. We were a family with two children of 8 and 11 used to walk. The views are magnificent. Attention you will learn about the opening of the forest stands from the prefecture of the Vaucluse (answering machine or twitter or Facebook page) or from the tourist office.
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  • July 26, 2017
    At any time of the year, laces offer a landscape changing with the seasons. They offer wonderful colors. A paradise for walk around. Points of views.
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  • August 28, 2017
    Very nice hike by saint Amand.
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  • July 16, 2017
    Magical mountains
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  • October 29, 2016
    Remarkable site. Accessible to all walks.
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  • November 28, 2016
    Superb
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