I am often asked if I could help to plan a stay in Lourmarin, so voilà! This itinerary would work from any of the nearby Luberon villages, I’ve planned it round my favourite market days, listed below. But don’t rush around too much, allow yourself to simply ‘be’ ~ to enjoy just being there, immersing yourself in the captivating ambience of this intoxicating part of the world!

SUNDAY

Maybe a day to stay home, explore the village, discover the story of the Lourmarin chateau.Plan a stay in Lourmarin visit the Lourmarin Chateau in LourmarinPerhaps take a drive around the immediate vicinity, visit the chateau in tiny Ansouis or sample the local wine at the neighbouring vineyards. Sunday is a very popular day for the French to go out for lunch so definitely make a reservation. If you have just arrived & need to stock the pantry, local supermarkets close at lunch time, locations & hours below.

MONDAY

Within 30 minutes
 THE LUBERON
Plan a stay in Lourmarin visit Bonnieux, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, FranceDrive up to Bonnieux, visit the Bread Museum (1 April – 31 October: 1 pm to 6 pm every day except Tuesdays). Enjoy a lazy lunch in the lovely gardens of La Bergerie, afterwards discover Lacoste Ménerbes & the nearby wine domaines before meandering the streets of the ghost town of Oppède-le-Vieux. If you wanted to book a wine tour for later in the week we loved Avignon Wine Tours.

Within 90 minutes 
Avignon (70Km) visit Les Palais des Papes and Avignon’s famous bridge Pont d’Avignon/Bénézet, remember the song ‘Sur La Pont D’Avignon?’ Click here for what to see in Avignon.  Combine a trip to Avignon with a visit to its neighbouring iconic wine region Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Plan a stay in Lourmarin visit,Le Palais des Papes, Avignon The Roman towns of Arles (84km) and Nimes (115km) & their incredible Roman arenas.
Aigues Mortes (130km) the most well preserved medieval walled city in Europe, famous for its salt, Le Saunier de Camargue, mined since the 8th century, factory tours available, so worth the drive!

Gates to the walled Medieval city of Aigues-Mortes, France

TUESDAY

Gordes and Roussillon
Tuesday is market day in Gordes! After lunch maybe visit the Le Village des Bories. Don’t miss L’Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Senanque,Plan your stay in Lourmarin visit L'Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, Gordes, Luberon, Provence a great photo opportunity especially in June when the lavender is blooming. The tour takes an hour & is in French but is a fascinating insight into a working Silent Order. Then continue on to explore the ochre wonders of the village of nearby Roussillon.

Plan your stay in Loumarin, visit Roussillon, Luberon, Provence, France

WEDNESDAY

 St Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux de Provence & Carrières de Lumières
plan a stay in Lourmarin visit Carrières de Lumières If you only do one day trip it should be to the video art spectacle at Carrières de Lumières by the perched village of Les Baux de Provence. Admission to the château ruins at Les Baux (an excellent self-guided audio tour, allow an hour)  and to Carrières de Lumières is combined at a discounted rate if you have time. Plan a stay in Lourmarin, visit les-baux-de-Provence

Visit on a Wednesday, stopping first at the charming town of St Remy-de-Provence where it’s market day. Have lunch in St Remy (poor options at Les Baux) before you take the short drive through the olive groves & vineyards; the view of Les Baux will catch your breath as it become visible on the rocky escarpment to your right!

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If you are feeling in need of some sea breezes, Wednesday (& Friday) is also market day in the pretty coastal town of Cassis.
Plan a visit to Lourmarin, visit Cassis Take a boat tour to see the incredible finger like inlets Les Calanques de Cassis.

THURSDAY

Within 30 minutes
Bonnieux  Lacoste, MénerbesOppède-le-Vieux  ~ see Monday. This time have lunch at the delicious La Terrasse in Goult. If like me, you love the film ‘A Good Year’ (shot locally in Bonnieux & The Luberon) you could visit Chateau la Canorgue & the filming locations, click here for details.

Plan a stay in Lourmarin visit Chateau Canorgue

If you haven’t already done so maybe this is your day to spend in beautiful Aix-en-Provence. (39km)

Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France

Within 90 minutes
Avignon(70Km), Nimes(115km), Arles(84km) and Aigues Mortes(130km) ~ (see Monday)

FRIDAY

Lourmarin market day
Stay local enjoy the market and lunch in the village!!

Lunch after the Lourmarin Market

SATURDAY

Within 30 minutes
Market day in Apt. You could drive back from here on a different route stopping for lunch at L’Auberge des  Tilleuls in Grambois and then go on to the Occitane factory at Manosque. If you still haven’t been to Aix-en-Provence go there today!!!
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Plan your stay in Lourmarin visit the Uzes Market, Place aux Herbes, Uzes, Languedoc Roussillon, FranceUzès’ (107km) Market day, reputedly the best market in Provence, if you haven’t visited this delightful bastide city it is truly heaven, again leave early parking is tough on Saturdays, click here for the Uzès Travel Guide! Do Plan a stay in Lourmarin visit Pont du Gardstop at the Roman Aqueduct Pont du Gard (UNESCO site) on your way home, quite unforgettable!

SUNDAY

l’Isle sur la Sorgue antique market, stroll the rows of antique stalls by the canals! Great fun but get there early Plan your stay in Lourmarin visit,Antiques market in Isle sur la Sorgue as parking is tough and beware, prices are higher than Paris!! Afterwards you could visit Fontaine de Vaucluse the mysterious source of the Vaucluse river!

MARKET DAYS IN THE LUBERON

Monday: Cadanet, Cavaillon, Lauris
Tuesday: Cucuron, Gordes. Lacoste Coustellet, La Tour d’Aigues, St Saturnin les Apt
Wednesday: Merindol, Pertuis, Salt, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, St Remy-de-Provence, Nimes, Cassis
Thursday: Goult, Ménerbes, Rousillon, Aix-en-Provence,- La Motte d’Aigues & Ménerbes evenings
Friday: Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Aix-en-Provence, Cucuron evenings July & August, Cassis
Saturday: Apt May- mid November, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, St Remy-de-Provence, Uzès
Sunday: Ilse sur la Sorgue antiques, Ansouis, Coustellet, Mormoiron, Aix-en-Provence, Aigues Mortes

LOCAL SUPERMARKETS
Lourmarin  
VIVAL: Place du Clos Building Savournin 84160 Lourmarin
~ just along from the Tourist Office, a small grocery shop
Tuesday – Saturday: 08:30-13:00/15:30-19:00  Sunday:08:30-13:00 Monday:closed

SUPERT TAF 2:  42 Rue Philippe De Girard 84160 Lourmarin

BOULANGERIE:  8 Rue Henri de Savornin 84160 Lourmarin
Tuesday – Sunday: 07:00-13:00/15:00-19:00  (Summer hours:15h30-19h30)

Larger Supermarkets
SUPER U PUYVERT: RN 913  84160 Puyvert ~ a 5 minute drive towards Lauris.
Open every day 09.00-20.00 Sunday until 13.00

CARREFOUR PERTUIS:  Route d’Aix En Provence, 84120 Pertuis ~23 minutes drive
Mon- Sat:08.30-20.30 Sunday:08.30-12.30 (In Pertuis there are a few large supermarkets)

Download the Lourmarin Travel Guide here.

If you need an on-sight expert contact Walter. Walter manages several lovely rental properties & offers some great concierge services. He has a wealth of local knowledge, speaks fluent English & is charming. Tell him you found him through me, he’d be delighted to help make your visit special.

There are many others places I’ve yet to discover, let me know what you find!