Carpentras Travel Guide
Carpentras is a small, provincial market town, best known for its truffle market, where the prized commodity is traded by rabassiers (truffle producers) in a no-frills setting on Friday mornings during the winter months, usually late-November to March. During summer, the Friday market is centered around cherries – another principal product of the region – and other summer fruit grown in the area. And then there are the candies for which the town is famous as well, in particular the boiled hard candies called berlingots, locally invented in 1844, made from syrup left over from the conservation of fruits and distinguished by their thin white stripes. Apart from its edible delights, however, Carpentras has several superb examples of 18th-century Italianate Baroque architecture that are worth seeing, and a fair selection of shops and reasonably priced restaurants. Additionally, Carpentras offers good access to Mont Ventoux and Les Dentelles de Montmirail and thus makes an ideal base for hikers and cyclists exploring the area. The town, by the way, dates from ancient times, originally the domain of the Celtic-Ligurian tribes and later on a Roman colony under Julius Caesar, followed by centuries of papal statehood. In fact, it wasn't until after the French Revolution that Carpentras finally became part of France.
Carpentras, the capital of the Comtat Venaissin area, is situated on the banks of the Auzon River in the plains below Mont Ventoux in southern France.
© Indian Chief Travel Guides
Ischgl is a small mountain village turned hip ski resort, with massive appeal among the party-hearty young crowds. It is... Read More
Andorra la Vella is its own little world, and not just because it’s a 290-square-mile independent principality (a fifth the... Read More
Bariloche (officially San Carlos de Bariloche) is the place to be seen. It is to Argentina what Aspen is to the... Read More
Aspen is America's most famous ski resort. And that's an understatement. For, as a ski complex, Aspen is unsurpassed. Its... Read More
Zermatt is a small but glamorous mountain resort town, with a population of approximately 5,700. It is one of Switzerland's... Read More
St. Moritz is a glitzy, alpine resort town in the celebrated Engadin Valley of Switzerland, with huge notoriety as the... Read More
Lake Tahoe is the premier lake resort of America, and the largest alpine lake in all of North America. It is an absolutely... Read More
St. Anton, Sankt Anton am Arlberg in German, is Austria's premier ski-bum resort! It's actually a small village cum... Read More
Kitzbühel, a small, Tyrolian resort town in the Kitzbüheler Alps, comes with international renown and huge snob appeal, and... Read More