Gorges de la Nesque

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Video: made by TheCorsicanDroner

This beautiful deeply cut river gorge starts a few kilometers downstream from Grange Ventoux. You can explore it on foot from the Plan d’eau de Monieux lake or descend the D942 by bike towards Villes-Sur-Auzon.

The descent starts from the viewpoint just opposite the Rocher du Cire. The poet Mistral wrote a poem about this impressive rock wall, the Nesque is already 300m lower here.

Here you often spot king eagles, vultures, buzzards, but also the wild boars from the neighborhood know this place all too well. The Gorges de la Nesque is called Little Verdon, but it’s never as busy as this.

You drive along chasms and ravines and pass numerous hand-carved tunnels. Freight traffic is not allowed here.

You can also descend to the chapel Saint Michel via a steep walking path. A mystical place: the light is very special. The chapel is located under a protruding rock and dates from the 12th century. You will find a beautiful altar and beautiful original frescoes

The site was already known to the hunters who hid here 150,000 years ago. Numerous utensils from prehistoric times were found here.

Walking further downstream is really adventurous. Suddenly the water disappears underground, to re-emerge in Fontaine de Vaucluse along with other underground rivers and form the largest source of Europe.