If you want to climb the Mont Ventoux, the second best option to stay is Malaucène. But be aware that this is not the “real thing”. The main side to climb the Mont Ventoux is via Bédoin, so be sure also to take that approach. To get there, you have to take the (quite busy) D938 road to Carpentras and take the turn left to Bédoin over the col de la Madeleine, an easy warm-up.
Malaucène is a nice little town with enough places to eat on the square along the main road. Closeby, just around the corner, lies the start of climb, on the D974, road called after Italian scholar and poet Petrarca who made his way to the top of the Mont Ventoux from here.
From Malaucène, you can also discover the rest of the Vaucluse and Provence. While the Luberon mountains and Gordes are further away, the famous Provencial wine domains of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the nice Dentelles de Montmirail lie within reach. Also Orange and Vaison-la-Romain are closeby, and can be reached either by car or bike. For the cycling fanatics, the Col de Suzette is a good training for the more serious work.
Below, you find a selection of holiday houses in and near Malaucène offered by Belvilla. Another very good source to book your holiday house in Malaucène is Homeaway.