Easily reached on a day’s excursion from Lourmarin is the one of the most magnificent cities of Provence, Avignon and vibrant university town of Aix-en-Provence.
The Mediterranean coast is a short drive further; Marseilles, and the quaint fishing towns of Bandol and Cassis.
Not more than an hour from Lourmarin are the charms of Provence’s Bouches-du-Rhône region; the bustling market town of St Remy-de-Provence and probably the most splendid of all of Provence’s perched villages; Les Baux-de-Provence!
Uzès and the World UNESCO Heritage site, The Pont du Gard, are under two hours from Lourmarin, well worth a visit!
Discover this enchanting walled city, home to the Popes for one hundred years. Visit where they lived; Les Palais des Papes and explore Avignon’s many other sites, not forgetting to dance on its famous bridge, Pont d’Avignon, over the mighty Rhône River, unforgettable!
Lots more about Avignon here
Cassis and Bandol
I recommend visiting this delightful town on a Wednesday when you can enjoy its wonderful market. Afterwards, take the Van Gogh walk through the streets and enjoy lunch in town before a ten minute drive through the olive groves to Les Baux-de-Provence, stopping off first at the Roman ruins of Glanum if you have time!
Hanging precariously on the craggy limestone of the Alpilles hills sits Les Baux-de-Provence, one of Provence’s most magical and best preserved perched villages, don’t miss it! Wander the ramparts of Château des Baux and don’t miss the incredible video spectacle of Les Carrières de Lumières. More about Les Baux here
Les Carrières de Lumières
Set within a disused bauxite cave, upon whose walls the artistic brilliance of the master’s is projected, each year someone different; Van Gogh, Da vinci, Michelangelo; Chargall, to name but a few, an unforgettable experience!
Just outside of Provence, in Languedoc Roussillon, you’ll find one of my favorite cities; Uzès. Sit under one of the golden arches fringing its magnificent square, Place-aux-Herbes, host to its weekly markets and festivals, visit on a Saturday as the Uzes market is regarded as the best in the region.
Discover the Ducal château, the Medieval Garden, its iconic Fenestrelle tower and of course just 6km away the breathtaking Roman aqueduct, The Pont du Gard.
Pont du Gard
For over two thousands years the golden arches of the Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard have spanned the beautiful River Gard. For six hundred of those years this UNESCO World Heritage site carried water from Uzès to the Roman city of Nimes, 30km away, a breathtaking site!
Download The Uzès, Travel Guide for Uzès and the surrounding regions of Languedoc Roussillon and Provence.
So much to see and do whilst in Lourmarin and these are just a few ideas, I’m sure you’ll have many more more of your own, let me know!
Download the printable The Lourmarin Travel Guide to learn more about this beautiful region