Montbrun-les-Bains, a village of the Drôme Provençale, is situated in the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park created in 2015 in the Rhône-Alpes region.
Montbrun-les-Bains is classed among the 100 most beautiful villages in France. Set on a hill at 600 metres altitude, the village is spared the summer heat waves thanks to its elevated height while the surrounding relief protects it from the strong Mistral wind. A spa and “green” resort nestling by the Mont Ventoux, it has much appeal: a generous nature and a Mediterranean climate that make it a pleasant place to stay.
Many visitors come seeking the benefits of this mid-mountain country and to regenerate in a natural and authentic setting.
The village of Montbrun-les-Bains after harvest
Landscape around Montbrun les Bains
The feudal fortress of Montbrun les Bains
Montbrun les Bains Church
Montbrun les Bains Fountain
Calades and passageways in Montbrun les Bains
The fields of lavender around Montbrun les Bains
View of Mont Ventoux during a walk around Montbrun les Bains
The sulphurous waters of the thermal baths here had already been enjoyed by the ancient Romans and exploitation of the spa started again in the 17th century.
The site of present-day Montbrun was already occupied in prehistoric times. Many other vestiges attest to the Roman presence. In the Middle Ages, the village and its feudal fortress belonged successively to some of the most important families in the region.
During the wars of religion, Montbrun was used as stronghold by Charles Dupuy-Montbrun, the daring captain at the head of the Protestant troops. He took over many towns and villages in the region and demanded harsh exactions. He conquered a great part of the Dauphiné before being captured and beheaded in Grenoble in 1575 and his château was razed.
This is the land of aromatic plants and herbs. Every year in Ferrassières, a charming village situated 8km from Montbrun, the Lavender festival takes place on the first Sunday in July. You will also find linden, thyme, rosemary, savory, clary sage (for perfumes) and the common sage (used in pharmacology and cooking), marjoram, tarragon and oregano.
Along the steep cobblestone streets of the old village you are treated to an exceptional panoramic view.
In the area around Monbrun-les-Bains
The Dominican convent
The old Romanesque bridge over the Ouvèze
The olive oil mill
The garden of fragrances
The Gorges of Toulourenc
Simiane la Rotonde:
The lavender and hybrid lavender cooperative (the biggest in France)
The floral park of the Valsaintes Abbey
The Gorges of Toulourenc
The château of Aulan