Auribeau is a beautiful little stone village perched on the side of a ridge below the highest mountain of the Luberon. The fields around the village are dominated by lavender, cherry orchards and framed by oak forest. The scenery is steeped in tranquility and provencal charm. Visiting Auribeau is an experience all year round with every season having its distinct beauty, from the cherry blossom in spring and vibrant lavender fields in summer to the intense autumn colors in October.
Nature lovers are spoilt for choice with many different walking tracks starting out from the village.
The village of Saignon is one of the most beautiful villages in the region, perched at the top of a hill overlooking the valley.
Saignon is a peaceful medieval village with nice restaurants, little cafes and a few artisan shops. We highly recommend that you explore all the narrow streets to discover ancient fountains, picturesque squares and beautiful old houses with intricate doorways. Do not hesitate to climb to the top of the rock where there is a fabulous panoramic view of the plains and the Luberon mountain range.
It is hard to miss Bonnieux, perched on the top of a hill with a medieval church sitting at the highest point in the village. It is a real pleasure walking up and down its many small cobbled streets and stairs discovering art galleries, cafes and restaurants. If you have the opportunity to visit on a Friday you will get to experience a typical Provencal market where local produce is sold, from fresh cheese and spices to authentic Provencal soap. This village is our favourite place to visit to soak up the sunset over a glass of wine.
Just across the plain from Bonnieux, perched atop a similarly sized hill, sits this magical village. A large 18th-century Château dominates Lacoste and the surrounding landscape. Previously the residence of Marquis de Sade, one of France’s most controversial characters, it is now owned by the famous fashion designer Pierre Cardin. Art is a central theme in Lacoste with an American art school occupying many of its houses. Whether you are interested in art or not we are sure you are going to love this beautiful medieval village.
Is the most picture perfect image of a hilltop village imaginable and is one of the trendiest places to live in Provence, full of art galleries, restaurants and shops. It has a rich art history with previous residents such as André Lhote, Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara. If History is your thing don’t miss out on the Borie village, a very well restored archaeological site. Another “not to miss” is the 12th-century Cistercian monastery Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque with lavender fields & guided tours of the church & cloisters.
Awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Lourmarin is located below the southern slopes of the Luberon range. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves this sunny village is truly a wonderful place to experience the best of Provence. Famous for its romantic chateau and many trendy restaurants and decoration shops, Lourmarin is one of the most popular destinations amongst our clients.
Roussillon is located in the very heart of the biggest ochre deposits in the region and distinguishes itself by a varied palette of colorful facades. No visitor should miss an opportunity to visit this village and its otherworldly ochre formations. You will most likely find it hard to put down your camera; every narrow street, viewing point, and square offers something completely unique and enchanting to feast your eyes on.
Discover the presence of the ochre sands. Just a few hundred meters from the center
of Roussillon starts the Ochre Trail, a well marked path through the ochre landscape that lets you explore this unique place. The trail takes you past ochre formations and hills carved out by the elements and the hand of man. We also recommend you to visit to the Ochre and Colour Conservatory in the former Mathieu factory and the Mines de Bruoux where they used to extract the precious mineral.
Market day is not just a time to buy what you need, it is also a time to observe this most French of rituals when some of the stereotypes come alive.
Markets are as popular with locals as with tourists, and most of them are year-round, adding vitality to even the most wintry village.
Monday : Cadenet, Cavaillon, Forcalquier*, Lauris.
Tuesday: Cucuron, Gordes*, La Tour d'Aigues, St Saturnin d'Ap't.
Wednesday : Mérindol.
Thursday: Ansouis, Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorgue*, Beaumont de Pertuis.
Friday : Bonnieux*, Lourmarin*, Pertuis.
Saturday: Apt*, Cheval Blanc, Oppède.
Sunday : Ansouis, L'isle sur la Sorgue*.
The colour, the texture, and the scent of a lavender field encapsulate for many the essence of Provence. You can enjoy the lavender fields by car, by bike or on foot. There is plenty to explore just one step away from the house.
Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. Not far away, you can also visit the Distillerie Les Agnels, an organic lavender farm & distillery along Route de Buoux or the Lavender Museum in Cabrieres d'Avignon.
The flowering season in Provence spans from mid-June to mid-August, and may depend on climate factors: it comes sooner in warmer, sunnier regions, and can come later nearer to Alpine valleys.
To take in lavender fields in bloom in Provence, the high season is between mid-June and mid-July, but if you are coming later in the season, we highly recommend you to plan a day trip higher up on the plateau, around the town of Sault where the blooming season is slightly later, roughly speaking from around early July to early or mid August.
Since 1985, each year on the same date August 15, the village of Sault hosts the Lavender Festival where farmers honor their beloved “la petite fleur bleue” (the little blue flower) and celebrate the lavender harvest season.