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Population : 540 000 habitants
Prefecture : Avignon
Sub-préfectures : Apt, Carpentras
Website : www.vaucluse.fr
The name Vaucluse comes from Latin Vallis Clausa, meaning "closed valley". From the top of the Ventoux (1,912 m) to the hills of Luberon, from the plateau of the Land of Sault to the gorges of the Nesque, from the rivers of the Sorgues region to the mounts of Vaucluse, the department benefits from an exceptional and varied natural environment. Vaucluse is France’s garden with some 1,500 vegetal species. Moreover, 545 monuments are listed and three are World Heritage sites. Castles, churches, Roman theatres in Orange or Vaison la Romaine, uphill villages like Gordes or Lourmarin are not to be missed.
The smallest department in Provence, Vaucluse is also rife with tasty local products: Muscat grape, olive, melon in Cavaillon, strawberries in Carpentras, cherries or truffle. And of course its famous wines in Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Rasteau or Beaumes de Venise. Avignon, known for its papal palace and its theatre festival, also boasts nine world-class chefs. Four towns have a population of more than 20,000 – Avignon, Orange, Carpentras and Cavaillon.
Population : 701,900
Prefecture : Nimes
Sub-prefectures : Ales, Le Vigan
Website : www.gard.fr
Gard draws its name from the river flowing through. The department includes 353 communes and more than 700,000 inhabitants. Apart from Nimes and its population of 133,000, the department only comprises small towns. Culturally rich, Gard is the meeting point between Provence, Languedoc, Cevennes and Camargue, boarding the Mediterranean. This contrasted geography accounts from a diverse landscape from the mount Aigoual (1,565 m) to the seafront. Services account for 72 pc of the workforce in Gard while tourism is an important asset thanks to the presence of world famous monuments such as the Pont du Gard aqueduct, the Nimes bullring or the ramparts of Aigues Mortes and Uzes. Events like the Nimes feria or popular seaside resorts like Le Grau du Roi, with the largest yachting port in Europe, are other assets.
Km 14 : Lamotte-du-Rhône
La Motte-du-Rhone is at the crossroads of three departments. Few monuments are worth mentioning in town but it is located at the northern end of the 13th century Saint-Esprit bridge over the Rhone.
Jersey wearers after the stage 9
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