Choose from a variety of characteristic houses
The largest city closest to the south Luberon. Aix-en-Provence not only offers a lot of historical heritage (and has fantastic museums) but is also great for shopping, dining, strolling around the city with its baroque splendor. Lovely avenues with old sycamores, fountains with each its own story. As it is also a university city: a city for all ages.
A small village, characterized as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The village is situated in “Le Pays d’Aigues”, known for its underground rivers and offers a beautiful view on the valley of the Durance. It has a magnificent castle, frankly there are two castles in one! The present owners organize guided tours that offer a wealth of information. Ansouis is a very interesting village: it has this amazing castle (the present owners do a great and very personal tour guiding which you have to reserve in advance), a one star Michelin restaurant (but also a couple of smaller restaurants that serve good food), a good address to buy your newspaper and have a coffee in the adjacent bar, a delicious bakery, an art gallery and a lot of arty people. And, from here it is really easy to explore the south Luberon.
Located on the right bank of the Durance (river) it is the gateway to the south Luberon. It is a hub to Marseille, Avignon, Manosque and Apt. It is also the birthplace of Andrew Stephens, the drum arcola, his statue is on one of the squares in the village. Cadenet is a real village: inhabitants of all ages, two markets a week, and several restaurants.
Is a very lively village in every season, a population that covers all ages and the village is a photographer’s dream! The village has several restaurants (from very casual to a 1 star Michelin one).
In the heart of the village there is a gorgeous water reservoir (l’ étang), surrounded by beautiful sycamores. During summer there are a lot of activities organized such as a theatre festival, brocantes (those markets where you can still find extra ordinary -art- objects), and evening markets.
From Cucuron you can discover many other Provencal villages, Aix-en-Provence, go hiking, cycling and horse back riding in the region to enjoy its magnificent nature. Although the sea is at a little of over one’s hour drive, there is a lake nearby (6 km), l’Etang de la Bonde where you can swim and eat in one of the 3 restaurants.
Located in the southern part of the Luberon, La Tour d’Aigues is a pleasant village on the banks of the River Eze within the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon. With its 4200 inhabitants it is one of the larger villages in the south Luberon.
The Renaissance castle in the centre of the village, hosts concerts in the summer season as well as a museum with an earthenware and the tourist office. The terrace offers a beautiful view over the valley.
Centrally located in the south Luberon and therefore a good place to start exploring the Luberon and les Bouches du Rhône.
Without a shadow of a doubt the most trendy village in the south Luberon. The centre of the village is ideal to do some holiday shopping in the various boutiques and art galleries. When tired there are ample restaurants and café’s to get a bite to eat or a glass of rosé or other refreshment.
At the Friday morning market and the Tuesday evening market you meet local producers selling their merchandise and even a chef giving a cooking demonstration.
The castle in Lourmarin is worthwhile visiting, the history of the building is interesting as are the numerous concerts and events which are organized here year round.
Peypin d’Aigues is one of these tiny provencal villages that you will fall in love with. Its square with its village café where you can enjoy lunch while listening to the water coming from the
fountain will make you dream. The community is active and look out for signs when they organise village meals. Or a concert on the square. One of the best saxophone players, Don Billiez, lives here and often gives concerts with his band. Not to miss! Or take a walk just outside the village and find out why so many villages in this valley are called “d’Aigues”.
Saignon is a hidden pearl at the outside of the plateau de Claparèdes. The plateau is at 821m near an area called l’Ourillon, which is part of the valley of Apt. Saignon is a lovely little village, with a beautiful church from which one has a great view over the valley at one side and on the Luberon hills on the other side. On Saturday morning Apt has a big market which is worthwhile going to. Saignon is a great base to discover the Luberon, Carprentras and Avignon.