Le Crestet

village du Crestet

5 km from Vaison la Romaine, 5,5 km from Entrechaux

GPS: 44° 13′ 06″ N 5° 05′ 05″ E
Altitude: 300 m
Population: 409

A small medieval fortified village built on a rocky hill, Le Crestet is dominated by the breathtaking ruins of one of the Comtat's oldest castles, built in the ninth century. The best way to explore Le Crestet is on foot, wandering through its narrow cobbled streets, arcades, vaulted walkways and its medieval castle, formerly the residence of bishops of Vaison-la-Romaine… The village offers superb views of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux. Every year, Le Crestet's Art Centre welcomes artists-in-residence who hope to develop the theme of art and nature in their work.

château du crestet

What to see and visit: the beautiful fountain (1843); the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-I'Annonciade (1545); the eleventh-century parish church Église Saint-Sauveur-et-Saint-Sixte which mixes Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles; the remains of an ancient, pre-Romanesque convent, Notre-Dame de Prébayon; the Source de Malézieux, a holy spring close to the convent’s altar; Claude and François Stahly’s workshop – surrounded by trees, the site is an area of free artistic expression home to granite sculptures, wooden carvings and Mexican works of art.
Recommended activities: there are numerous routes in the area that are ideal for mountain biking, horse riding and walking.