Mornas is a village of the Vaucluse situated in the northwest of the department not far from the Gard.
To the west, the Rhône River runs alongside the town in which you can see the marks left by the river's great floods on the walls of the buildings and townhouses.
The first mention of the name of the village of Mornas dates all the way back to 818. As a village in the Middle Ages, it was captured by the Counts of Toulouse who transformed the castle into a formidable fortress.
The wars of religion were a particularly tragic period for the inhabitants, devastating the village.
Today, the economy of Mornas is based mainly on the exploitation of the limestone quarries. Farming also plays a major rôle. Irrigated by the waters from the Rhône, fruit and vegetable crops flourish, in addition to the vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation.
Tourism, too, is important in Mornas and the visitor shouldn't skip a tour of the castle with its medieval ambiance and entertainment. Coming here, from the motorway you will already be able to recognize the village by its allée of sycamores, which were planted in 1811, and of course by its remarkable fortress.
To see and visit:
The sycamore-lined Cour des Platanes
The Saint Georges Church
In the area around Mornas:
Bollène: a Provençal town of the Haut Vaucluse
Uchaux: for wine-tourism with its cellars and vineyards