The village square in Roussillon Lourmarin in May with poppies.
Sightseeing - Lourmarin, the Luberon and beyond.
Situated in the heart of the Luberon Natural Regional Park, Lourmarin has long been famous for its scenic beauty and unusual history. The village lies on the southern side of the mountain, at the entrance to the pass separating the "Petit" Luberon from the "Grand" Luberon. It makes an ideal base for exploring all of Provence, from the hidden valleys and hilltop villages of the Luberon to major cities and sites. To learn more, go to www.the-heart-of-provence.com
The Heart of Provence
In the heart of the Luberon, day-trip destinations include the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque, the medieval villages of Gordes and Bonnieux, the ochre quarries and russet colours of Roussillon.
On Sunday mornings the world-famous antiques market at Isle-sur-la Sorgue is just thirty minutes’ drive. The opportunities for hiking and cycling here are almost unlimited, and these are great ways to explore some of the finest scenery in Southern France.
The major cities – Avignon, Aix & Arles
These three great cities are all less than an hour’s drive from Lourmarin, and all are well-worth visiting and re-visiting. The medieval city centre of Avignon is grouped around the vast Popes’ Palace, And the city’s narrow streets and sunny squares contain fascinating monuments (and some great shopping).
Aix-en-Provence is famous for its tree-lined squares and elegant café terraces, as well its very chic boutiques. It has a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Arles is a charming medieval city with extraordinary vestiges of its Roman past. The Coliseum in the centre of Arles is as large as the one in Rome, and is still in regular use as a venue for concerts, pageants and bull-fights.