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Vaucluse villages

Isle sur la Sorgue : is a compact medieval village built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue river, 7 km downstream from its source at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. The village has many waterways and lovely waterwheels. The markets held here are renouned as is the village as having the largest antique markets outside of Paris with over 300 stores. There are also plenty of other shops, restaurants and cafes.  It is also where we have our apartment - for more details or to rent, click here.

 

Vaison la Romaine
: is an ancient village on a river with a chateau on top of the hill. It has plenty of old roman ruins throughout. The two parts of Vaison-la-Romaine separated by the river are joined by a 2000 year old single arched Roman bridge.




Malaucene/Le Barroux : Malaucene has a walled old town with lots of shops/cafes and interesting buildings including a large 14th century fortified church, clock and bell towers. Le Barroux just down the road is well restored and tended with its amazing medieval style castle which was rebuilt in the 16th century and restored in 1960. Both of these villages sit just below Mt Ventoux.



Gordes :
Gordes is a very beautiful old village, perched on the edge of a high plateau which has stone buildings built into the cliffs and up to the 12th century castle on top. The stone is beige but glows orange in the early morning and late afternoon sun. The view from the village across fields and other perched villages out to the Luberon is as beautiful as the village itself. Behind the village a narrow steep road winds its way down to the picturesque and tranquil Abbaye de Senanque with the long rows of lavendar fields in front.


Roussillon : is a beautiful village on top of red-ochre cliffs set in the middle of a pine forest. The village has narrow medieval streets and the buildings are made of the red stone with red tile roofs.




Menerbes :
is beautiful a stone village perched along the top of a long ridge overlooking vineyards and Luberon. It is the closest village to where Peter Mayle used to live  and often refer to in his Year in Provence book and sequels.



Bonnieux : is perched on a narrow, steep ridge, rising up from a flat plain to the 12th century church at the top with its notable pointed steeple. This village was also referenced a lot by Peter Mayle as it was the next closest village to his house outside of Menerbes. You can also see the village of Lacoste well from it.





Lacoste : is a very picturesque medieval village perched on a mountain ridge rising up out of the plains. From it you can see the village of Bonnieux and the Luberon. At the top of the village is the chateau of the Marquis de Sade now owned by  Pierre Cardin who lets the public view the ruins (not his home in the central castle though!). Cardin's Festival de Lacoste in Jul-Aug holds performances in the quarries next to the castle: www.festivaldelacoste.com .

 

Baux-de-Provence: is an extremely picturesque tourist village with well-preserved stone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets filled with terrace cafes and souvenir shops. At the top of village on the pinacle of the ridge is the chateau-fortress ruins complex. It cost around $10 to enter and tells you the well-documented history (in English and French) of the chateau which is facinating. The view is amazing - you can see as far as Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Arles.


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