Visit Lourmarin (Provence, France)
Lourmarin, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France', is 20 kilometres south of Apt and to the south-east of the cluster of villages of the Luberon region of Provence. Lourmarin has been settled for at least a thousand years, and the site was possibly previously occupied as a Neolithic campsite.
The village as we now see it came into being with the building of a castle here - constructed in the 12th century, and subsequently replaced in the 15th century.
This renaissance period castle can still be visited, and is on the edge of Lourmarin. The most interesting events in the history of the castle occurred in the early 19th century when the owner had three children with composer Franz Liszt - one of whom who was later to marry Richard Wagner.
Lourmarin village itself is very attractive, with lots of narrow winding Provençal streets, many to narrow or too steep for cars to ever pass, meandering past centuries old houses. There are also two interesting churches in the village centre, one catholic and one protestant.
After exploring some of the art galleries and shops in the village there are a couple of small squares in the town where you will be pleased to stop for a while and enjoy a refreshing drink while reflecting on the history that positively oozes from the town.
Or you could stop longer in one of the many restaurants that dot about the town (perhaps in the hope that Peter Mayle, who I understand now lives near the town, might stop by).
From the village there are attractive views and you can see the Loint Bastiden a large fortified farmhouse dating from the Middle Ages. There is also a marked 'tourist path' around the edge of Lourmarin.
The town also has a reputation for attracting artists - it's most famous inhabitant was Albert Camus who lived here and is buried in the Lourmarin cemetery.
There are numerous picturesque villages in the Luberon region that you will discover as you explore. Among our favourite villages close to Lourmarin we recommend in particular that you visit Lacoste and, especially if you can arrive at sunrise, the golden village of Roussillon and its ochre mines.
Photos of Lourmarin
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Tourist classifications for Lourmarin
Lourmarin is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Lourmarin, Cadenet, Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, 84160 || GPS: latitude 43.763, longitude 5.3629
Map of Lourmarin & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Lourmarin, France
- Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon - remarkable garden (6km)
- Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron) - religious monument (7km)
- Jardin de la Louve - remarkable garden (8km)
- Ansouis - most beautiful village (9km)
- Luberon - regional natural parc (11km)
- Gorges de Régalon - site of natural beauty (13km)
- Apt - recommended detour (13km)
- Jardin du château de Val Joanis - remarkable garden (14km)
- Menerbes - most beautiful village (15km)
- Roussillon - most beautiful village (16km)
Market days in Lourmarin: Regular market(s) are held in Lourmarin each Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Lourmarin (Francais)