Monteux, a pleasant town of Vaucluse
Monteux is a Provençal town built in the centre of the rich plain of the Comtat Venaissin, on an important road, between Avignon and Carpentras, at the foot of the two hills of Plumanel and Saint Martin. Its etymology means "place near the mountain". The Auzon, a small river in summer but wider during the rainy season, passes to the north of the old town. The economic vocation of the municipality has always been agricultural, the surrounding farms produce early fruits (Carpentras strawberry) and vines. A weekly market is held on Sunday mornings with local producers.
From the ramparts, dismantled in 1840, only a few remains remain, and two beautiful gates: the new Gate and the Porte d'Avignon, which were the only two accesses to the interior of the city. The Porte Neuve is classified as a historical monument, it is a massive tower dating from the 14th century, it was then called the Porte Notre-Dame. It changed its name after its restoration in the 17th century and the addition of corner towers on its north face. A lever bridge built on the ditch of the rampart defended its access. Under the vaulted porch, justice was done and the notary public performed all his acts.
The walls of the city centre are decorated with trompe l'oeil frescoes, artists' studios and art and sculpture shops.
The Clémentine tower
The Clementine Tower is a large square keep 28 metres high and 8 metres wide that overlooks the village. It offers from its summit a very beautiful view of the Comtat Venaissin plain but cannot be visited. It was part of a large castle where Pope Clement V, the first Pope of Avignon, resided. The castle was burned down in the 14th century, only the tower named after the pope who lived there remains.
Saint Gens, patron saint of Monteux
Saint Gens is the patron saint of the city. Saint Gens was born in Monteux, who left to live as a hermit in Beaucet on the Vaucluse mountains about twenty kilometres away. He leads a pious and austere life, and soon his miracles made his reputation. During a particularly severe drought, the inhabitants of Monteux asked him to intervene. He organizes a procession and the rain begins to fall. A pilgrimage always takes place the weekend following May 16, it is one of the most popular in Provence. The pilgrim procession transports the statue of Monteux to the hermitage of Saint-Gens in Le Beaucet.
Le Feu de Monteux
The Fireworks have given Monteux a worldwide reputation. The pyrotechnics industry is the work of a native of Monteux, Calixte Aulagne. This carpenter participated in the Crimean War and at the Sevastopol headquarters. Impressed by what he saw, he returned home and reproduced the scene for his family and friends with firecrackers and candles. The show impressed and Calixte, with the help of his sons, presented it at fairgrounds and was a great success. The pyrotechnic industry was born and for a long time the company Ruggieri was the first employer in Monteux. Today the Saint John's Day Fireworks (last Sunday in August) attracts up to 30,000 people to see a very high quality pyrotechnic show. "Monteux fire is a bit like the haute couture of pyrotechnics."
Monteux Lake and leisure parks
Monteux is also a place of relaxation and leisure: Lake Beaulieu is an artificial lake of 10 hectares, it attracts swimmers who come to refresh themselves on its artificial beach and enjoy its recreational activities. The Wave island (ex Splashworld) is a large 5 hectare aquatic amusement park, it offers the largest artificial wave in the world (recorded by the World Guinness Book at 3.5 meters high). Spirou Park opened in 2018.
Visit Monteux in photos : slideshow
Monteux Lake beach
Monteux, Clémentine Tower
Monteux, la Porte Neuve
Fresques murales à Monteux
Monteux, la Porte d'Avignon
Fontaine des Dauphins à Monteux
Saint Gens, saint patron de Monteux
Fresques murales et Tour Clémentine à Monteux
Parc aquatique Wave Island à Monteux
Parc Spirou à Monteux
Saint Gens, saint patron de Monteux
Accommodation near Monteux and practical information
Selection of guest rooms near Monteux on the portal of the guest rooms of Provence
Charming guest house and gîte in the provencal countryside near Monteux
Five luxury guest rooms and prestigious rentals in a 17th century park and castle in Loriol du Comtat near Monteux
Website of the town of Monteux : www.monteux.fr
The Monteux SNCF station offers direct connections with Avignon centre and the TGV station
Things to see and do in Monteux
- Medieval gates: Porte Neuve and Porte d'Avignon
- Church of Our Lady of Nazareth from the 14th century, strongly reworked.
- The Chapel of Our Lady of Grace, a 17th century votive chapel.
- Chapel of the Black Penitents
- The 14 Fountains Walk: a tour of the city proposed by the Tourist Office
- Autumn fair on the last Sunday in September: 500 exhibitors in the city centre, gastronomy, designers, flea markets, cars
- Weekly market on Sunday morning on the market square, Marché du terroir in summer on Saturday morning on Place de la Glacière.
- Pilgrimage of Saint Gens (WE after May 16)
- Le Feu de Monteux for the Feast of St. John: Great Fireworks on the 4th Friday of August
- La Traversée des Arts: sculptures, workshops, craftsmen and shops, murals in the city centre.
- Lake Beaulieu (paid parking)
- Wave Island, water amusement park: www.waveisland.fr
- Spirou Park, amusement park: www.parc-spirou.com
- Karting: www.kartingdemonteux.fr
Coming to Monteux
GPS coordinates N 44°02’10’’ - E 4°59’52’’
Monteux Location : altitude 42 metres, 12800 inhabitants, 4 km from Carpentras, 7 km from Pernes les Fontaines, 10 km from Velleron, 11 km from Beaumes de Venise, 14 km from Vacqueyras, 14 km du Thor, 15 km from l'Isle sur la Sorgue, 16 km from Châteauneuf-du-pape, 18 km from Gigondas, 20 km from Avignon,