Perched Villages

This ride starts from the village of Saint Didier and takes you to the foothills of the Monts de Vaucluse, through magnificent panoramic views of Mont Ventoux and the surrounding cultivated fields – vineyards, the cherry orchards producing the Monts de Venasque cherries, almond trees, and the villages of La Roque-sur-Pernes, Le Beaucet, Venasque.
These villages were built up high on the rocks offering protection over time. This makes them unique places to visit with views which will take your breath away.


Les villages perches

Distance = 19,5 km (12 miles)
Landscape = The Foothills of the Mont Ventoux
Level "Experienced"
Parking = Saint-Didier, Post office car park
Marked itinerary




Do not miss:
The villages of Venasque (classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France), Le Beaucet and La Roque-sur-Pernes: they all have architecture and urban details from their medieval past and are characteristic of the perched villages in Provence. The baptistery and the church of Venasque
The sanctuary of Saint-Gens in Le Beaucet
The castle in La Roque-sur-Pernes
The trail which leads to the to Oratories, starting in Saint-Didier

Things to do:

Market day in Venasque: in Summer, on Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Market day in Saint-Didier : on Monday morning.
The laboratory of the nougat maker Silvain Freres in Saint-Didier is worth a visit, to see and to taste.
Visit the Jarditrain in Saint-Didier: a great pleasure for everybody


Tourism Office - Venasque,  Grand'Rue - 84210 Venasque Tel. +33 (0)4 90 66 11 66
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On the way
Departing from Saint-Didier, you will need a little courage going towards the beautiful perched villages of the Vaucluse Hills. As a reward, from these rocky peaks, you will be able to see - Le Beaucet, Venasque, La Roque-sur-Pernes - some magnificent panoramas of the Mont Ventoux and various agricultural landscapes: vineyards, Venasque Hill cherries, almonds...
In Saint-Didier, pass under the porch of the Town Hall and follow the indications. Very soon you will be able to see Venasque on its rocky peak. In Venasque you will pass near the Portal which marks the entrance to the old village. Visit the village, the narrow streets and have a look at the pretty provencal houses. Follow the direction to Le Beaucet, go up to the castle and enjoy visiting this small village which is like a provencal creche. La Roques-sur-Pernes is not far, overlooking the valley. Going downhill you can admire the magnificent scenery of the Vaucluse Hills with the Mont Ventoux in the background.



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