Mont Ventoux is a quite famous "top" of the south west part of the Alps. Especially bicycle racing fans from all over the world are visiting the Mont Ventoux. Roland Barthes, a French philosopher and bicycle racing fan, said:
"The Ventoux is dreadful. Bald, it's the spirit of Dry: Its climate (it is much more an essence of climate than a geographic place) makes it a damned terrain, a testing place for heroes, something like a higher hell."
The Mont Ventoux is a small mountain in the Luberon area. Places nearby produce excellent wine (such as the muscat of Beaumes de Venise). It is mostly famous for its ascension on bicycle during the famous bike race, the Tour de France, and one of the mythical places on the Tour. Many hiking trails (GR4 and GR9) pass through or nearby, making it a hiker's paradise.