Visit Lacoste (Provence, France)
Exploring the village is very straightforward - park your car at the bottom of the village, then walk up the hill to reach the original stone gateway into Lacoste, called La Porte de la Garde.
Passing through this old stone entrance takes you onto a narrow cobbled street that winds up through the village. There is little more to Lacoste than this one main street and several narrow alleys - but the street is an exceptional one!
Perhaps more than any other of the Luberon villages, Lacoste is unspoiled and not overly-renovated, and almost every building in the village catches your attention.
I have seldom seen such a very high number of beautiful small houses and buildings in one place, or a more authentic feeling that you are really wandering through a village as it was hundreds of years ago - a feature lost to some extent by the more popular of the villages. In Gordes (a very popular village just north of here) you would be surprised to see a herd of goats being led down the street towards you, but not in Lacoste!
One particularly noteworthy feature as you ascend through the village is the clock tower, which has an impressive ironwork campanile.
At the top of the village, as the track becomes even more narrow, you reach the castle at the top of the hill above Lacoste. This castle has superb views to the north, and was once home to the Marquis de Sade - the 18th century writer who spent many years in prison for his deviant and corrupt writings promoting sexual deviance (hence the word sadism derives from his name).
A couple of curious modern statues 'interpreting' the Marquis stand next to the castle to mark this 'claim to fame' for Lacoste, and there is plenty of space for a picnic.
Here in the natural regional park of the Luberon it is the countryside and the quaint villages that are the main attractions.
I will let you discover the beautiful countryside for yourself, but I do suggest that in particular you should visit the villages at Menerbes and Lourmarin, two of our particular favourites - and of course Gordes, one of the loveliest villages in France is just a few kilometres from Lacoste.
Photos of Lacoste
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Address: Lacoste, Bonnieux, Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, 84480 || GPS: latitude 43.8331, longitude 5.27417
Map of Lacoste & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Lacoste, France
- Jardin de la Louve - remarkable garden (3km)
- Menerbes - most beautiful village (5km)
- Roussillon - most beautiful village (8km)
- Gorges de Régalon - site of natural beauty (10km)
- Gordes - most beautiful village (10km)
- Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) - religious monument (10km)
- Lourmarin - most beautiful village (11km)
- Apt - recommended detour (11km)
- Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron) - religious monument (13km)
- Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon - remarkable garden (15km)
The French version of this page is at Lacoste (Francais)