Visit Le Beaucet (Provence, France)
Le Beaucet is a small, very picturesque, pedestrianised village running down the side of a hill. It is situated south-east of Carpentras and east of Pernes-les-Fontaines in the centre of the Vaucluse department of Provence.
The steep narrow streets pass houses and ancient stone walls that merge into the cliffs and rocks behind, and enhance the timeless appeal of the village - some troglodyte dwellings are even built into the rocks themselves.
Exploring Le Beaucet
Apart from the general appeal of simply exploring the streets and passageways of the village itself, there are several notable sights to discover in Le Beaucet.
These include two 14th century stone gateways through the original ramparts that once defended Le Beaucet, pretty fountains and a traditional washhouse (backed by a more recent mural). As you continue your stroll through Le Beaucet you will also pass a 12th century church with belltower and a typical Provencal campanile.
A ruined 12th century castle stands on a rock above Le Beaucet, reached by a steep flight of stairs in the rock, and even more part of the natural scenery than the village itself. From the castle there are lovely views across the Vaucluse countryside.
Browse the art shops in the village, then take the short walk (about a mile) to the Hermitage of Saint-Gens to see the little chapels and the water source, said to have special miraculous powers and a popular pilgrimage destination.
There is a great deal to explore in the lovely countryside around the village, which is on the edge of the Monts de Vaucluse region, with local walks passing through the pine and oak forests.
We particularly recommend that you visit the villages of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Gordes to the south of Le Beaucet - the first has a very lovely walk to an emerging river, and the second as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Beaucet, Pernes-les-Fontaines, Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence, 84210 || GPS: latitude 43.984722, longitude 5.120278
Map of Le Beaucet & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Le Beaucet, France
- Venasque - most beautiful village (3km)
- Jarditrain - remarkable garden (3km)
- Pernes-les-Fontaines - recommended detour (5km)
- Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) - religious monument (8km)
- Carpentras - town of art and history (9km)
- Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) - religious monument (10km)
- Gordes - most beautiful village (10km)
- Roussillon - most beautiful village (17km)
- Gorges de la Nesque - site of natural beauty (18km)
- Menerbes - most beautiful village (18km)
The French version of this page is at Le Beaucet (Francais)