3 km from Entraigues sur la Sorgue, 6 km from Monteux, Saint Saturnin lès Avignon, 8 km from Bédarrides, 9 km from Sarrians, Sorgues, Loriol du Comtat, 11 km from Pernes les Fontaines, 17 km from Avignon
Altitude: 31 m
Founded in 1845, this small village owes its name to Jean Althen who first introduced the idea of cultivating madder in this very fertile plain. The plant made the region rich and during the 19th century over 50 mills were dedicated to the manufacture of the famous red colourant. Althen des Paluds is an excellent base from where to explore both Provence and Languedoc.
What to see and visit: chapel from the late 18th century (currently the town hall with a campanile), the mill of La Roque (an old paper manufacturing factory) - hotel-restaurant; parish church from 1863; 2 oratories; Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, 20th century The Papal city of Avignon, the Mont-Ventoux, Carpentras, the Dentelles de Montmirail…
Recommended activities: walking, swimming, pétanque, mountain biking.
Provence : flaner dans les petits villages provence du Luberon ou faire du canyoning gorge du Verdon, louer une chambre d'hotes Avignon ou un gite Vaison la Romaine, redécouvrez la région de Frédéric Mistral, des cigales et de la lavande.