The summit of the Ventoux is currently closed for redevelopment works which aim to protect the natural environments and better regulate the flow of traffic. As a result, it will be closed to motor vehicles until Spring 2021.
The summit welcomes 700,000 visitors every year, including 120,000 cyclists, cars, as well as motorbikes and camper vans which cross paths with walkers. In order to increase the safety and enjoyment of every visitor, the time had come to redesign Provence’s iconic peak.
What exactly will the work involve?
The long year of works will enable the separation of different flows of visitors, the reinforcement of paths along the Crête route, and the pedestrianisation of the observatory forecourt. To discourage visitors from wandering off the marked paths onto the scree, whose stability and ecosystems are evolving year on year, pedestrians will be obliged to take the stairway which leads up to the summit. Free parking spaces along the length of the D974 road will limit unregulated car-parking.
From the Chalet Reynard on the Bedoin side, or the Mont Serein resort on the Malaucène side, routes will be cut off and motor vehicles will be denied access. However, this will not apply to cyclists and pedestrians – though it should be noted that open space on the summit will be considerably limited.
A second phase of works is scheduled for April – October 2021.
Businesses – notably bars and restaurants – will remain open during the works.