Montbrun-les-Bains, classed among the most beautiful villages in France, is built right up against a hill facing the Mont Ventoux. It is a commune in the Drôme, neighbouring the Vaucluse. This village is well known for its spa treatments, for managing respiratory disease and other medical disorders (read more about it by clicking here). The silhouette of this hilltop village is simply breathtaking…You will understand I could not resist taking this ‘inevitable’ picture 🙂
That being said, we headed to the village to take a closer look. From the bend of a steep road in the old town, you are able to contemplate an exceptional panorama. High houses with 6 to 7 levels that follow one another in layers, a church, a ruined castle that dominates everything and the Montbrun ‘baths’ to be ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.
The castle of Montbrun, built in the 14th century, is the main setting of the novel by Pierre Magnan, INSANITY FORCALQUIER (la FOLIE FORCALQUIER).
To discover the old town you have to cross some doorways … very impressive ones like this, ‘Portail Ste Marie’.
Besides the château which we covered earlier, the three highlights of the village are the church, the belfry and the numerous fountains / wash basins.
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And after admiring all the beauty of this special medieval village, there is space and time to have lunch or dinner, with an exceptional view ! Chez Paulette being our favorite one ! For reservation, you can contact them on the following numbers : 0033 (0)4 75 27 07 62 or 0033 (0)7 85 17 07 37.
Phone call, old skool…only here !