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Méthamis © D. Bottani

Méthamis © D. Bottani

Lauris © Nathalie Daguet

Lauris © Nathalie Daguet

Brantes © Valérie Gillet

Brantes © Valérie Gillet

Roussillon © Nadine Tardieu

Roussillon © Nadine Tardieu

Oppede le Vieux © Nathalie Daguet

Oppede le Vieux © Nathalie Daguet

Viens © Valérie Loubet

Viens © Valérie Loubet

Crillon-le-Brave © Dominique Bottani

Crillon-le-Brave © Dominique Bottani

Sivergues © Dominique Bottani

Sivergues © Dominique Bottani

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Villages in Provence were often built nestled into the hillsides or on top of hills. Houses were built around the château, and crops and vineyards were planted alongside or in the plains. Time-worn stone, shady squares, fountains flowing with clear water, and seemingly eternal sunshine come together in these lovely hilltop villages which have fashioned the landscapes in Vaucluse.

There are villages which cover the entire hilltop, winding like snail shells around the castle or church. There are villages which lie along a single slope, streets built into the hillside on a parallel. And others which have grown up on the highlands like Gordes village, spread across the rocky outcrop which was clearly conducive to settlement and expansion. The cool, narrow streets, the shady squares and graceful fountains all beckon visitors to relax and drink in the beauty, discover the talents at work in these villages, and sense the history and activity that have shaped both the architecture and the people. Enter the workshops of the tradesmen and artisans - give into the charm !

 


Six of the 7 villages ranked as “Most beautiful villages in France” are hilltop villages ! Explore Ansouis, Gordes, Roussillon and Ménerbes in the Luberon, Séguret in the Upper Vaucluse and Venasque in the Comtat Venaissin. The village of Lourmarin, also well worth a visit, developed in the plains at the base of the Luberon.

 

 

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Ansouis

Ansouis

ANSOUIS

The village of Ansouis is sheltered from the Mistral wind, and overlooks the plains around the Durance river. Ansouis is ranked as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", and lies in the Luberon. The village is crowned by its [...]


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Beaumont de Pertuis

Beaumont Pertuis

LA TOUR D'AIGUES

At the turn of the road, the village appeared, mineral vessel anchored to the hill for eternity. The homes will curl against each other in a tangle of roofs. At the top of steep streets stands the church millennium. The terraced gardens [...]


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Bonnieux

Bonnieux

BONNIEUX

Bonnieux is a beautiful and high-perched village located on the northern slopes of the Luberon, across from Lacoste village.


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Brantes

Brantes

VAISON LA ROMAINE

The village of Brantes lies at the border of Vaucluse and Drome county, a true eagles' nest, home to artists and craftsmen.


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Buoux

Buoux

BUOUX

Buoux is in the Luberon, and stands at the crossroads of two major roads which have been used for over a thousand years, roads which went from Aix-en-Provence to Apt, and which have only recently been supplanted by the current layout of the Lourmarin combe road.


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Cabrières d'Aigues

Cabrières Aigues

CABRIERES D'AIGUES

On top of its two headlands, the "Butterfly Village" offers to you. Clinging to the foothills of the area's highest Luberon welcomes you in the sweetness of its shade. Enjoy an environmental approach to quality, share the pleasure to live [...]


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Cadenet

Descriptif

CADENET

Perched between Pertuis and Lourmarin, Cadenet offers panoramic views over the Durance river valley, Sainte Victoire mountain and the Alpilles. 16th-century belltower, 19th century campanile, Saint Etienne church, Castle, Wickerworks [...]


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Crillon le Brave

Crillon-le-Brave

CRILLON LE BRAVE

Crillon le Brave is a characteristically Provencal village located 12 km from Carpentras and 35 km from Avignon, near Mont Ventoux.


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Fontaine de Vaucluse

Fontaine de Vaucluse

FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE

The exceptional site of "Vallis Clausa" - the Closed Valley, which gave this beloved Vaucluse county its name, and the small village of Fontaine de Vaucluse too! At the end of a deep and verdant river canyon, at the very base of a steep [...]


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Gordes

Gordes

GORDES

A spectacular village with winding coblestone streets, stands perched on the side of the Vaucluse mountains across from the Luberon mountain range, and springs into view after the last curves in the road.


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La Bastide des Jourdans

La Bastide des Jordans

LA BASTIDE DES JOURDANS

Make a stop at La Bastide des Jordans, that arise at the junction of Lower and Upper Provence. The stones of the past, artists and craftsmen will offer you this fine afternoon of discovery. This village is fortified dominated by a 13th [...]


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La Bastidonne

The Bastidonne

LA BASTIDONNE

Small rural town south of the massif of the Luberon, the village is remarkable for the simplicity of its architecture and building back the mistral. In his heart, a beautiful panoramic view offered to the curious eyes, while at his feet [...]


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La Motte d'Aigues

The village of La Motte d'Aigues

LA TOUR D'AIGUES

La Motte d'Aigues is a village south of Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, in a slightly elevated plain crop grid. It has old narrow streets and beautiful houses of notables. Features: The church with its bell-wall with two arches, the [...]


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La Tour d'Aigues

La Tour d'Aigues

LA TOUR D'AIGUES

At the southern gateway into the Luberon Regional Natural Park, the village of La Tour d'Aigues is a dynamic winemaking and cultural centre.


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Lacoste

Lacoste

LACOSTE

Lacoste is a charming perched village with a magnificent location in the heart of the Luberon Natural Regional Park. Lacoste partly owes its reputation to the outstanding quality of the luminous soft limestone quarried here. The village is [...]


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Lauris

Lauris

LAURIS

The village of Lauris stands atop a cliff above the Durance river, which is the southern boundary of the Luberon Regional Natural Park. The narrow winding streets, lined with beautiful homes from the 16th to the 18th centuries, remind one [...]


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Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue, the Venice of the Comtat Venaissin

L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE

Birthplace of poet René Char, Isle sur la Sorgue is a little paradise of greenery and flowing water, for several branches of the Sorgue river flow through the town, and used to drive many water wheels which are still turning. In the historical city centre, winding streets and canals intersect. Stairs go down to the old washing wells, and docks border the river.


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Lourmarin

Lourmarin

LOURMARIN

The village of Lourmarin, ranked as "one of the most beautiful villages in France" lies in the southern Luberon, sheltered from the Mistral winds. Lourmarin has a very special Art de vivre. a beautiful Provençal market, shops, art galleries, cultural sites, and charming places to stay. As such, Lourmarin is a sought-after village for visiting and living.


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Menerbes

Menerbes

MENERBES

Menerbes also ranks as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has the appearance of a stone ship. Its great appeal includes its outstanding views of the Luberon and the Monts de Vaucluse, the proud streets lined with city mansions from the 18th century, its old homes and village atmosphere.


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Methamis

Methamis

METHAMIS

Méthamis is a typically Provencal village, built into the side of the hill. Méthamis is near the Nesque River Canyons and Mont Ventoux, beautiful, popular places in Vaucluse and absolute paradise for cyclists. Méthamis is also the starting [...]


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Mirabeau

Mirabeau

LA TOUR D'AIGUES

Located on the banks of the Durance, the heart of Provence, this village is famous Provencal. Ancestral home of the famous revolutionary, he has also lent its stones and payasages for making the film "Manon des Sources" History and popular [...]


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Murs

Murs

MURS

This picturesque small village of Murs nestles into the folds of the Monts de Vaucluse hills, near Gordes in the Luberon. Murs stands at 803 meters altitude, and includes the Gorges de Véroncle and the Vaumale combe, 2 sites for beautiful [...]


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Oppede le Vieux

Oppède-le-Vieux

OPPEDE

A perched village in the Luberon that absolutely must be seen.


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Peypin d'Aigues

Peypin Aigues

PEYPIN D'AIGUES

Small village in the heart of the Grand Luberon, Peypin Aigues differentiates itself by the richness of its architectural stone hamlets and the extent of its forest area from which descend numerous rivers. Relax on the pleasant place of [...]


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Roussillon

Roussillon

ROUSSILLON

The village of Roussillon is located in the Luberon Regional Park, and is the second most visited village in the Luberon, after Gordes. Roussillon has been ranked one of the "Most beautiful villages in France".


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Saignon

Saignon

APT

Perched high atop a rocky outcrop, overlooking the city of Apt for which Saignon was once the lookout town, Saignon is a small village with winding streets and old homes built into the rock. A beautiful view can be had as you approach [...]


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Saint Martin de la Brasque

St. Martin of Brasque

ST MARTIN DE LA BRASQUE

In this place, the warmth and friendliness of its people are rich and soul. You can taste the local products and sun-drenched flavor, especially on Sunday mornings between May and October at the farmers' market. The beautiful shaded [...]


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Sannes

The village Sannes

SANNES

Sannes is located in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon, at the end of the pond Bonde. It consists of a dispersed settlement of farms constituting small hamlets without heart grouped around a parish church as is often the [...]


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