Malemort du Comtat (in Provencal: Malomort doù Coumtat) is primarily a small village in the Vaucluse, away from main roads, that’s why maybe it has retained more than others, its village life and traditions. The inhabitants are ‘les Malemortais’ (males) and ‘les Malemortaises’ (females). Also one of the reasons we like it here so much, it is so traditional and surely away from the bigger crowds. However, we do see a change in this lately. Its population (and newbuilt houses) is growing fast which makes it obviously more alive.
For the first time this year Malemort has a weekly Thursday evening ‘artisanal’market (from 5 pm till 8 pm – summer months only and weather permitted of course). You probably think, yeah right, ‘another’ same old market but this one is really different…under the platanes, down-to-earth, just like ‘les Malémortais’ 🙂 You can click on the images to see them enlarged !
On top of the already longtime existing businesses such as 2 bakeries, 3 hairdressers (never a bad hairday here! 🙂 ), the local Italian bistro ‘Caffe Leo’ and pizzeria ‘La Malina’, we now see a few improvements. As you read above, the market has been added as of this year. The supermarket ‘Proxi Super’ has been expanded, and a new flower shop opened up. The tourists staying at the beautiful Camping Font Neuve will certainly be happy about this !
The village is actually 10 km southeast of the town of Carpentras, in the center of a prestigious circus formed by the Mont Ventoux, les Dentelles de Montmirail, the plateau of Sault (or Albion plateau), and the Vaucluse Mountains. When entering (or leaving) Malemort, you are being welcomed by truly one of the most beautiful lane of ‘Platanes’ of the Provence.
To say that the economic life of Malemort du Comtat is based mainly on its agriculture would be very simplistic. In fact, it is the entire life of Malemort which is conditioned by it. Cherry trees, vineyards, olive trees are part of the landscape (700 hectares cultivated) and village life is punctuated by crops and agricultural work. I should of course mention Château Unang as the main winemaker of this village. Do not hesitate to visit and taste some of their more than excellent wines !
All ‘Malemortais’ are affected more or less directly by agriculture. When you go into the village, there will always be someone talking about the weather, the selling price of the cherries, the grapes. Even if you try to do just a little shopping or go for a simple stroll, you will always find someone who will address the topic …
The landscapes you see while enjoying the area are clearly making you think of those of Tuscany, with its rolling hills, its rows of cypress trees, vineyards and old roofs. And let’s not forget the great weather, so many hours of sunshine! Météo France makes sure you do not miss out on any weather information, you can check it out yourself by clicking here.