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Trièves, gateway to Provence

Mont Aiguille

The majestic Mont AiguilleTrièves has a strong regional identity, defi ned by the imposing presence of Mont Aiguille, but
also by the blend of vegetation characteristic of both the northern and southern Alps. The region
is known for its laid-back lifestyle, which was appreciated by writer Jean Giono. And the
Terre Vivante centre in Mens offers proof of Trièves’s ecological outlook.

Trièves has a strong regional identity, defi ned by the imposing presence of Mont Aiguille, but
also by the blend of vegetation characteristic of both the northern and southern Alps. The region
is known for its laid-back lifestyle, which was appreciated by writer Jean Giono. And the
Terre Vivante centre in Mens offers proof of Trièves’s ecological outlook
.

Mont Aiguille

Mont Aiguille is a symbol of Trièves. This fascinating, giant Vercors monolith is one of the seven wonders of the Dauphiné.
The conquest of the peak in 1492 is said to be the earliest known
example of mountaineering. The monolith can be reached from Chichilianne, Saint-Martin-de-Clelles (a hamlet of Trézanne), and Saint-Michel-les-Portes. This particular cycling route offers varying views of the mountain’s different faces.

Espace Jean-Giono

Espace Jean Giono, in Lalley, is a cultural centre dedicated to writer and Provence native Jean Giono. He often spent time in Trièves and the region played a notable role in his life and work. A permanent exhibit entitled “Giono’s Trièves,” describes his inspirations, the people he encountered, and his close ties with the area.

Mens

Mens, the veritable capital of Trièves, abounds with history, thanks to its medieval village and historic covered marketplace, which is evidence of the days when the town hosted a large fair that attracted inhabitants from all over the region. Other highlights include the Café des Arts, a registered historic landmark, and the two bell towers belonging to the Catholic and Protestant churches (Trièves was historically a Protestant stronghold). The Trièves museum, located next to the Protestant church, aims to inspire visitors to explore the region, and provides key information on the area’s heritage.

Terre vivante

The community of Mens is also home to Terre Vivante, a centre devoted to hands-on ecology.
The extensive gardens are a haven of biodiversity, and the different themed itineraries are perfect for family strolls. The centre also features an exhibit focusing on various ecological home construction techniques.



The carré du Trièves and the bouffette de Mens

The carré de Trièves is a square-shaped cow’s milk cheese made by the Mont Aiguille dairy. This soft cheese should be eaten young, after a maximum of three weeks of aging. Rooted in the local heritage thanks to its name, the cheese also features an image of Mont Aiguille on the package. The Mont Aiguille dairy is certifi ed organic. Products are available for purchase in the dairy’s shop.
Laiterie du Mont Aiguille. Z.A. La Croisette 38930 Clelles. Tel. +33 (0)4 76 34 09 47
The bouffette de Mens, a registered trademark since 1926, also has a strong regional heritage. The secret recipe for these cream-fi lled sponge cakes dates back to the 19th century. The cakes are made in just one Mens pastry shop, La Bouffette de Mens. Nonetheless, these treats are sold all over France, in several European countries, and even in the United States!
La Bouffette de Mens. Place de la Mairie 38710 Mens. Tel. +33 (0)4 76 34 63 24. www.la-bouffette.com

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