THE 5 MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF LUBERON
This perched village in the South Luberon will be your starting point. Classified among the most beautiful villages in France since 1999, it will enchant you with its Provencal décor of alleys and calades coiled at the foot of the castle. You will find shops and craftsmen and you can even discover the work of a santon maker, the best worker in France. Here people pronounce the “s” at the end of Ansouis.
To see… and to see again :
- The films Manon des Sources and Jean de Florette of Claude Berri were shot in Ansouis in 1986
- The 12th century castle, furnished and inhabited, dominates this village. Beautiful topiary garden
- The museum of wine arts and crafts: Château Turcan
- The Extraordinary Museum
- L’ Art Glacier, an institution. Since 40 years, he proposes you his ice cream specialities with rosemary or lavender taste
Continue your journey towards the chic village of Lourmarin, the jewel of the South Luberon, which is very lively in summer, with its café terraces full of people. If its shopping lanes and green surroundings are so popular it is because Lourmarin is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It has an undeniable charm even if it is not a perched village. Due to its strategic location at the foot of the Luberon, it gave its name to the Combe de Lourmarin, this one and only road that divides the Luberon massif. Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winner for literature, lived and is buried here. Henri Bosco, another writer, keeps him company.
To see :
- Its Renaissance castle looks like a small Medici villa
- The Belfry called “salt box”
- The fountains, the Romanesque church, the listed Protestant Temple
- No less than 11 restaurants including one rated 2 stars at Michelin
- A succulent local speciality: the Gibassier de Lourmarin
- The lively Friday morning market
Once crossed the Combe you reach the northern slope of the Luberon. In this valley of the Calavon, between Luberon and Monts du Vaucluse, there are emblematic perched villages that have made the Luberon famous. Head for Menerbes.
Seen from the sky, this village, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, looks like a stone ship: a breathtaking view as far as the Ventoux, breathtaking views and proud alleys lined with private mansions and old residences.
This is undoubtedly what attracted many artists including the painter Nicolas de Staël, Picasso and his muse Dora Maar, and also the British writer Peter Mayle who contributed to the international fame of the village in the 1980s.
To see :
- The dolmen of the Pichouno
- Le Castelet, a small castle built on the ruins of an old fortress
- The 14th century church, skilfully decorated
- The belfry and its bell tower
- The unusual Corkscrew Museum
- The magnificent Maison de la Truffe et du Vin to taste a Côte du Luberon. (The Truffle season runs from mid-November to March)
- The Abbey of Saint Hilaire, classified as a historical monument
A Must, especially at sunset! The winding road leading up to Gordes will delight you with its rows of olive trees and dry-stone fence walls so characteristic of the Gordes style. At the bend of the last bend, the belvedere offers you a breathtaking view of one of the mythical villages of the Luberon, classified among the most beautiful villages in France. If one comes from far and even far to see Gordes, it is because his reputation is not usurped. It is an acropolis village built in terraces, with its steep cobbled streets, stairs and fountains but also its underground passages. The common thread of this village is the Stone in all its forms.
To see :
- The Castle from medieval and Renaissance times
- The village of Bories, the borie is a pastoral shelter of dry stones
- The 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, to be seen in June surrounded by lavender fields at the bottom of a sublime valley
- The Moulin des Bouillons museum, classified as a historical monument with its olive presses from the 1st to the 16th century.
Built on the top of an ochre cliff, Roussillon has kept a harmony of colour between the earth and the stones of its paths, the facades of the village houses in ochre colours and their roofs of terracotta tiles. All this under an intense blue sky and a crown of vegetation, Roussillon deserves its label which ranks it among the most beautiful villages in France. The exploitation of Ochre made its reputation in the past with quarries and processing workshops for industrial uses of pigments. Today it is tourists who come to visit and make its reputation, following in the footsteps of Cocteau, Buffet or Ambrogiani.
To see :
- The Ochre Path
- Okhra, the conservatory of ochres and applied pigments
- The many art galleries
- The alleys and facades of the village
- The Clock Tower
- The Bruoux mines, 2 steps from Roussillon
OTHER BEAUTIFUL PERCH VILLAGES ?
Authentic village that can be visited on foot, its old castle and the Jerusalem mill camp at the top of the village
Oppède le Vieux
A magnificent little village built on the top of a rocky spur.
A village completely perched and so steep that we have taken care to build 2 churches there.
A true haven of peace, the village will allow you to enjoy sumptuous landscapes while remaining away from the hustle and bustle of tourism.
Saint Saturnin les Apt
A large “village” in the Luberon leaning against a rock on which two 17th century windmills and the remains of a medieval castle stand guard.
The Rocher de Saignon proudly dominates the Apt valley. To see below: Ste Eusèbe Abbey.
A little far away but worth the trip. Colorado de Rustrel is famous in the region, as well as a paragliding takeoff point.
A gigantic Provencal basin dating from the 16th century bordered by century-old trees is enough to give this perched village a unique charm.
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You visited these villages, did you like them? Which one do you prefer?