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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  • Remarkable landscape. We see better the lace from the neck of the Cayron. Another vision from Suzette, on the opposite side. Of course hiking in the corner must be exciting.
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  • With winter weather, the region remains beautiful. Attention Sunday, there are a lot of closed areas.
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  • It does not tire of walking in this magical place, pacing the small trails to reach the summits and its sublime views
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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!
  • What a beautiful place to climb!
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