Mountains and Passes
Mountains in Provence range from the Alps and the cyclists favorite Mont Ventoux to the ranges of the Luberon, the Alpilles and the lacy Dentelles-de-Montmirail.
A chain of limestone hills extending west from the Luberon mountains. The Alpilles are the site of the fortress village of Les Baux-de-Provence and Van Gogh's town of Saint Remy-de-Provence.
The Demoiselles Coiffées (approximately: "young ladies with fancy hair or nice hat") is a striking set of narrowly-tapered rock columns standing along the top of a crumbly rock ridge. Each column is topped with a large rock balanced neatly on the tip, helping to protect the "demoiselle" from complete erosion.
The Dentelles de Montmirail are short, steep mountains with a distinctive rocky ridge, extending west geologically from the Ventoux mountains. The jagged, rocky top is named after the lace (dentelle) it's thought to resemble.
"The Luberon" is a range of mountains running about 55 km between Cavaillon and Manosque, and a regional park, the Parc Régional du Luberon. The Luberon range extends west to the Alpilles mountains.
A beautiful mountain road between Murs and Venasque crosses the Plateau de Vaucluse via the Col de Murs (Murs Pass, 627 m). The entire length is thickly forested, with oak trees and buisson.
A lovely red-rock butte jutting up out of a sea of green pine forest, at the north edge of the Massif des Maures, a mountain range that runs from the edge of Toulon to Fréjus and St. Raphaël.
This 1910-m high conical peak is famous for cycling the the Tour de France. It's visible from far across the surrounding countryside. It's often snow-capped in April, and the exposed white-rock summit makes it appear snow-capped even during the summer.