The Val d'Enfer
The Val d’Enfer is an extension of the Fontaine valley that plunges deep into the mountainside. Its molasse rocks with their strange and fantastical shapes, sculpted by erosion, have fired many an imagination. At dusk, many believe they have recognised there the rocks and caves of Dante’s Inferno. Another great writer and film-maker, Jean Cocteau, filmed his “Testament of Orpheus” with the Val d’Enfer as a natural backdrop.
The Val d’Enfer, a place so full of legends, is also the site of the mortal combat between the rival suitors Vincent and Ourrias in Charles Gounod’s opera Mireille, inspired by Frédéric Mistral’s work Mirèio.