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Lourmarin, officially recognised  by the French Tourist Board as "one of the  most beautiful villages in France" is located in the heart of  the Luberon Natural Park. It t is a lively attraction for visitors from all over Europe,  but retains the authentic beauty and charm of a  small Provencal village.

With its honey-coloured stone and beige and ochre stuccoed houses, the mossy Roman-tiled roofs outlined against the green Luberon mountains, it provides an  ideal setting for a truly relaxing holiday. The village became celebrated several decades ago; many writers and artists have chosen to live here, including Nobel prize-winning author Albert Camus, who is buried here.

More recently Lourmarin has become famous for its sixteen (or seventeen - we lose count) restaurants, including "Le Moulin", owned by Michelin starred chef Edouard Loubet, and "La Fenière", which is also starred in the prestigious Michelin guide. The beautifully restored 16th century chateau offers a rich programme of concerts and exhibitions, guided tours in English  and houses an arts foundation sponsoring cultural events throughout the year. The friendly village cafes, with their sidewalk terraces, welcome visitors all year round. There are also excellent shops and art galleries. All around are vineyards, cherry orchards and olive groves. The countryside is hilly and pretty, and there is suitable  hiking for all levels. Activities within easy reach include mountain biking, horse-back riding, climbing and canoeing. There are wineries, honey and lavender farms, and even an organic herb farm with guided tours in English.