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Why you should include a visit to Lourmarin and the Luberon on a trip to Provence
Lourmarin, is a tiny, medieval village huddled under the southern Luberon’s gently folded landscape, resplendent with vineyards, olive groves, abundant fruit trees, timeless perched villages and in the summer, endless fields of fragrant lavender. A magical place of meandering, cobbled streets lined with crumbling clay tiled, golden stone buildings, watch the video here
Lourmarin is full of vibrant cafes and restaurants, a handful of chic shops, watch the video hereand every Friday host to a bustling market, colourful stores packed with locally grown produce, table cloths, baskets and all the treasures of a Provencal marché!
A tour round Lourmarin’s mystical 15th century chateau should not be missed nor an evening at one of its’ lavish music concerts.
The nearby enchanting perched villages are well worth exploring, especially Bonnieux, Goult, Ménerbes, Lacoste, Oppède-le-Vieux, Roussillon and Gordes & despite Lourmarin itself not being ‘perched’ its’ mesmerizing beauty has won it the honor of being one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France.’ Watch the video tour of the Luberon villages here
25km to the south is the vibrant university town, Aix-en-Provence.
It is no surprise that living near Lourmarin inspired Peter Mayle was to write; (‘A Year in Provence’, ‘A Good Year’) for Lourmarin exudes charm and ambience, its’ timeless beauty reaches into the soul, it is utterly captivating.
How to get to Lourmarin
The nearest major airport is Marseilles (MRS) 60km a way, where there are numerous international connections into Paris, London, Frankfurt, Munich and many other major European cities. If driving, Lourmarin is about 20km from the A7 autoroute traveling north & the A51to the A8 is 20km to the south.
Lourmarin is in the Luberon Valley in the Vaucluse department of Provence, in south eastern France. A small enchanting area of sprawling vineyards, olive trees, sunflowers, shuttered, limestone buildings and medieval villages. Stunningly beautiful, people come to stay in Lourmarin to just ‘be’; to spend long, lazy days under cornflower blue skies, lavender perfuming the air and crickets chattering through the night. It’s intoxicating, a place of artists and authors, a place to dream about and yearn for when you are far away
A part of Lourmarin since the 12th century, it now hosts many wonderful performances and exhibitions and every summer is home to to artists, writers and musicians.
Every Friday 8.30am -1.00pm the streets are bursting with a vibrant collection of wonderful local produce & all things Provencal!
The Lourmarin market operates year round!
Other Luberon Markets: (NB: some are seasonal)
Monday: Cadanet, Cavaillon, Lauris
Tuesday: Cucuron, Gordes. Lacoste
Wednesday: Merindol, Pertuis, Salt,
Thursday: Goult, Menerbes Rousillon
Friday: Lourmarin, Bonnieux
RENTING A PROPERTY
There are many properties available, this option can provide a tiny snapshot of what it is like to actually live here; having more space to relax and shopping in the local stores and markets to cook at home!
Typically it is more expensive to rent in the town center and parking can be problematic but being able to walk to restaurants and the market is a great plus!
If you rent out in the country you will get more space with a garden and a pool.
Walter offers a charming selection of properties on Rent Our Home in Provence. Walter will meet you with a warm smile and offer invaluable local advice. If Walter’s properties are unavailable (they are very popular) check out homeaway.com and airbnb.com
Rue du Temple, 84160 Lourmarin Tel: +33 (0)4 90 68 06 69
Price: €110 -€186 per night (breakfast buffet €18.00 per person) Closed: mid January – February A delightful boutique hotel set within an old olive mill. Comments: Located in the center of the village it oozes ambience and charm. There are 17 rooms and 2 suites and a fabulous restaurant, serving beautifully presented regional food with excellent service.
Route de Lourmarin [ D943 ] 84160 Cadanet Tel: +33 (0)4 90 68 11 79
Price: €110 -€186 enquire from website (breakfast buffet €18.00 per person) Closed: mid January – February Comments: Hotel Auberge de La Feniere is just 2 miles from the center of Lourmarin. It is a wonderful 4 star boutique hotel set within 3 gorgeous buildings with 16 rooms and 2 suites. One exceptional, gourmet restaurant (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) with renowned chef Reine Sammut and an equally delicious but more casual Bistro. (closed Wednesday and Thursday)
There are several excellent choices in this pretty perched village, which seemingly hangs on the hillside, a mere 15-20 minutes from Lourmarin
Chemin des Cabanes, Les Claparèdes, 84480 Bonnieux Tel: + 33 (0)4 90 75 89 78
Price: from €140 enquire from website (breakfast buffet €18.00 per person) Comments: Set above the village of Bonnieux a luxurious boutique bastide and Relais & Château hotel with a gastronomic, michelin star restaurant from renowned chef Edouard Loubet. For more casual dining do not miss La Ferme de Capelongue where it is also possible to stay. The restaurant here, La Bergerie is set in an old sheep bergerie with magnificent views across its sweeping gardens. Open 7 days a week, year round, fabulous for lunch or dinner, a really special experience!
Chemin de la Chaîne – 84480 Bonnieux Tel: +33 (0)4 90 75 95 58
Price: 3 charming spacious rooms from €80-140 and 1 suite for 4 people €140-200; all with en-suites and internet access, breakfast included. Comments: A warm and inviting building with large rooms and stone stair cases set within 8 acres of rolling cherry orchards and vineyards just below the village of Bonnieux. A great location for exploring the Luberon Valley.
There are many delicious choices in Lourmarin and the nearby area, here are our favorites.
Rue du Temple, 84160 Lourmarin Tel:+33 4 90 68 06 69
Price: from €35.00 per person Closed: mid January – February
Fabulous restaurant, in Lourmarin as delicious as the hotel is charming. Set within a former olive mill, oozing ambience. It serves beautifully presented regional food, and the service is excellent.
Rue du Temple, 84160 Lourmarin Tel: +33 (0)4 90 79 00 46
Price: from €35.00 set menu
Do not be put off by the slightly unusual set menu, you might be introduced to some new flavours! No 9 consistently serves the best food in Lourmarin, absolutely delicious!
Route Apt, 84160 Lourmarin Tel:+33 (0)4 90 68 00 33
Price: Lunch and dinner (same menu) mains €12.00 – €30.00 One of our favourite spots in Lourmarin for a delicious, thinly sliced steak smothered in a roquefort, mustard or shallot sauce, the most wonderful ‘frites’ & a crisp salad. On a cold winter’s night, sitting by the central open fire, eating by candlelight, what could be more prefect? Also does scrumptious crêpes and offers good daily specials. In case you were wondering, it’s just as good in warmer weather!
2 Rue Albert Camus 84160 Lourmarin Tel:+33 (0)4 90 68 23 33
Price: From €12.00 Best pizzas in Lourmarin, cooked to perfect in the ‘feu de bois’, also available for take away. Serves other delicious Italian dishes, booking required as it’s always packed!
Route de Lourmarin [ D943 ] 84160 Cadanet Tel : +33 (0)4 90 68 11 79
Price: Restaurant, approx: €80.00 Bistro, mains from €30.00 Closed: mid January – February
One exceptional, gourmet restaurant (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) with renowned chef Reine Sammut and an equally delicious, more casual Bistro (closed Wednesday and Thursday) 2 miles from the center of Lourmarin, also a wonderful, 4 star boutique hotel, booking advisable.
32 Place de la Mairie 84160 Vaugines Tel: +33 (0)4 90 77 11 08
Price: €32 set menu closed Sunday all day and Monday & Tuesday lunchtime. Just 3 miles from Lourmarin, Caroline and Benoit will welcome you to this charming, former pizzéria now a delicious bistro.
Place de l’Étang, 84160 Cucuron Tel: +33 (0)4 90 68 21 99
Price: from €40 set menu closed Monday and Tuesday. 5 miles from Lourmarin, this is a lovely, one star Michelin restaurant.
LAURIS ~ LOU PEBRE D’AIL
78 avenue J. Garnier, 84360 Lauris Tel: +33 (0)4 90 08 27 00 (no website)
Price: From €28.00 – 4 courses all inclusive (exc wine). Located in nearby Lauris, 6 minute drive from Lourmarin. Lou Pebre d’Ail is the most amazing value, with incredibly delicious food. The set menu has 3 – 4 choices for each course, each one beautifully prepared and mouth watering. Casual, country atmosphere, friendly service, booking essential.
Boulevard des Platanes, 84240 Ansouis Tel: +33 (0)4 90 09 90 54
Price: Set menus from €28.00 -€65.00, also À la carte. Situated in the tiny, quaint, village of Ansouis, 15 minutes from Lourmarin, La Closerie is a charming, elegant, restaurant with contemporary decor and pretty terrace. Really wonderful food, so booking, essential!
1 Avenue des Bruillères, 84360 Mérindol Tel: +33 (0)4 32 50 20 82
Price: Mains from €25.00 20 minutes drive from Lourmarin, imaginatively cooked cuisine with local produce, a very pretty garden for lunch. People hesitate to write a review as they want to keep it a secret!
Moulin du Pas, 84240 Grambois Tel: +33 (0)4 90 77 93 11
Price: Set menus from €34.00 – €58.00, lunch €26.00 also a la carte. Delightful family run restaurant in a lovely traditional setting. After the meandering 25 minute country drive from Lourmarin this is a special place to enjoy a long, lazy lunch in the pretty garden in charming Grambois, booking essential!
Chemin des Cabanes, Les Claparèdes, 84480 Bonnieux Tel: + 33 (0)4 90 75 89 78
Price: from €42.00 for mains; 7 course menu €140.00, 11 course menu €190.00. Set within the luxurious, boutique Relais and Château hotel of the same name, just a mile above the perched village of Bonnieux. This is a gastronomic Michelin star restaurant from renowned chef Edouard Loubet. For more casual dining do not miss La Ferme de Capelongue where it is also possible to stay.
Dine more casually within the grounds t La Bergerie an old sheep bergerie with magnificent views across its sweeping gardens. Open 7 days a week, year round, for lunch or dinner, a special experience! Booking essential
5 Place Carnot, 84480 Bonnieux Tel: + 33 (0)4 90 75 83 62
Price: from €42.00 Wonderful, Mediterranean cuisine, with friendly service. Uniquely situated in a natural troglodytic cave, it oozes character and was formerly the village bakery! Its’ sleek, modern décor contrasts brilliantly with the ancient rock walls, booking advisable.
2 Rue Lucien Blanc, 84480 Bonnieux Tel: +33 (0)4 90 75 88 62
Closed Wed and Thurs closed Mon and Tues lunchtime. A One Michelin star offering fabulous cuisine, combining flavours from across the globe, cooked with freshest of local ingredients
GOULT: ~ LA TERRASSE
Rue de la République, 84220 Goult Tel: +33 (0)4 90 72 20 20 (no website)
Price: From €24.00 for 3 courses Goult, is a pretty 30 minute drive from Lourmarin, La Terrasse is well worth the trip! Each course here is more scrumptious than the last, home cooked food at its best with delightful service! Great place to plan to eat whilst touring the beautiful villages of the Luberon.
Sample the vintages & renowned local rosés from the many terrific local wineries.
These are just a few of my favourites:
Château Canorgue the Route du Pont Julien 84480 Bonnieux Tel: 04 90 75 81 01 (Famous for being Chateau La Siroque in ‘A Good Year’)
Château Fontvert Path Pierrouret 84160 Lourmarin Tel: 04 90 68 35 83
Château la Verrerie 84360 Puget-sur-Durance Tel: 04 90 08 32 98
Domaine de La Citadelle, Cavaillon Road, 84560 Ménerbes, Tel: 04 90 72 41 58
Domaine de Marie 400 chemin des Peirelles, 84560 Ménerbes Tel : +33 (0)4 90 72 54 23
There are many great wine tours we loved the one offered by Avignon Wine Tour, read about it here
What to do near Lourmarin
Sights to visit and things to do in the surrounding Luberon Valley and elsewhere in Provence.
Resplendent with orchards, vineyards & olive groves where the scent of lavender fills the air and enchantment fills your soul……(click here for a video tour of the Luberon villages)
(18km north) Roussillon is famous for its incredible red ochre earth which for sentries was mined for its rich pigments and still defines this little town.
(25km north) Visit Oppède-le-Vieux, the ancient abandoned Oppède-le-Vieux, on the hill with the newer Oppède lying on the Valley Floor.
Manosque, (30km north west) learn the fascinating story of this now world famous company & their impressive commitment to sustainability & ‘giving’.
(59km south) Marseilles is Frances’ largest city after Paris. Rich in history dating back to the Greeks who bought the first vines to Provence.
AIX EN PROVENCE
(39km south) Aix-en-Provence is Provence’s sun-drenched university city, serenely beautiful, a market to be found most days, a favourite of the artists; Cezanne, Gaugin & Van Gough.
(109km south) famed for it vines a quaint little fishing town on the Med
(89km south) take a boat tour & discover its renowned finger like coastal inlets, Les Claques, then dine on its picturesque quayside.
ST REMY DE PROVENCE
(50km south east) A charming very Provencal town with a fantastic Wednesday Market packed with shops and restaurants, a visit to which could easily be combined with Les Baux de Provence
(58km south east) Les Baux de Provence is a truly stunning perched village. Tour the spectacular chateau ruins, and do NOT miss the Carrières de Lumières a lazer video projected onto the walls of one hundred foot high
bauxite caves showing the art of the masters; Van Gough, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Gaugin and in 2016 Marc Chagall. Click here for a video vignette of Carrières de Lumières, it is utterly breathtaking!
(68km north) Avignon is a stunning medieval, walled city most famous for Les Palais des Papes – the home of the Popes for 100 years and the Pont D’Avignon, the tour of both is fascinating! Click here for more on what to see in Avignon
CHATEAUNEUF DE PAPE
(71km north) Chateauneuf de Pape is France’s first wine appellation its where the wines of the Popes were grown and made!
UZES (107 km north west) Uzes is an utterly charming bastide town famous for its wonderful Saturday market in its delightful square Place aux Herbs, not to be missed! Download The Uzès Travel Guide PDF here:
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