The name Vaucluse comes from the latin Vallis clausa meaning the closed valley from where springs the Fountain of Vaucluse. Located in the Provence-Alpes- Côte d'Azur region, Avignon is the department capital with Apt and Carpentras as subprefectures. Benefitting from 2,800 hours of sunshine each year it has for a long time been a rural area centred around a farming economy. This agricultural activity is today based around three major products, wine (Côtes-du-Rhône, Luberon, Ventoux), vegetables (tomatoes, melons) and fruits (cherries, apples, grapes). However, the economy of Vaucluse equally rests on a very dynamic tertiary sector where tourism plays a large role. Mostly a cultural tourism with the Avignon Festival, a summertime theatrical event in France, the Chorégies d'Orange opera festival and the International Dance Festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, towns with a rich heritage. Cycling enthusiasts are also spoilt thanks to the unforgettable Mont Ventoux but also thanks to 300 kms of cycle routes that cross the Haut Vaucluse, the Comtat Venaissin, the Monts de Vaucluse and the Luberon.
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