Ansouis tourism & sightseeing
Visit Ansouis (Provence, France)
Ansouis is a small Luberon village to the east of Lourmarin and north of Pertuis and Aix-en-Provence. Perhaps best described as a 'mini version' of nearby Gordes, the village spreads down the side of the hill, with a castle above and trees and gardens between the streets to add even further to the appeal.
The castle, the Chateau d'Ansouis, stands above the village on top of the hill. It dominates the views of Ansouis and is the most important historic monument here. The castle dates originally from the 10th century although it has been modified many times since, principally because the original defensive role was lost (originally the castle protected the road between Aix-en Provence and Apt).
Much of the castle we see today, including the main facade to the south, dates from the 17th century, as do the furnishings and tapestries that furnish the interior (although significant parts of the earlier fortified castle can still be seen as well).
The typically 'French style' Provencal gardens and terraces around the outside are also very attractive, while the views from the terrace across the surrounding countryside are also exceptional.
Exploring the rest of Ansouis
The village of Ansouis is typical of those in the region - quaint medieval houses, some dating back to the 15th century, line quiet ancient streets, while a handful of small shops fight for your attention. Small but perfectly formed!
As you explore you will come across many other features, such as the traditional washhouse and a small ornate fountain, intricate doorways and curious stone ornamentations. Allow plenty of time just to wander through the little alleys discovering new features.
See also the ancient Church of Saint-Martin in the village - the inevitable campanile stands on top of the church while the inside holds some interesting furnishings.
There is also a small museum in the town, with an eclectic mix of objects ranging from large scale statues of sealife to examples of stained glass.
Note: Ansouis is now listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Ansouis is one of the less well known of the Luberon villages, which include several of the most visited (and most beautiful!) vllages in France, and about 35 kilometres from the famous villages of the region such as Menerbes and Gordes. See the Luberon guide for details of the many attractions of the region.
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Ansouis is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Ansouis, Pertuis, Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, 84240, France || GPS: latitude 43.7383, longitude 5.46389
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon: remarkable garden (4km)
- Jardin du château de Val Joanis: remarkable garden (6km)
- Lourmarin: most beautiful village (9km)
- Luberon: regional natural parc (11km)
- Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron): religious monument (13km)
- Jardin de la Louve: remarkable garden (16km)
- Apt: recommended detour (16km)
- Jardin d'Eguilles: remarkable garden (21km)
- Colorado Provencal: site of natural beauty (21km)
- Gorges de Régalon: site of natural beauty (21km)
The French version of this page is at Ansouis (Francais)