Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, Provence: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (Provence, France)
Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is a village on a hillside just north of the town of Apt and south of Sault in the Luberon region of the Vaucluse department of Provence (south-east France). The village is spread along the base of a long cliff that gives the impression of being a fortified wall as you approach.
Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is larger, more developed and less visited by tourists than many in the vicinity, but don't be deterred from visiting just because it is not in all the guide books: the lack of tourists here is a significant part of the appeal of the village!
It is in the heart of the old village that your visit will focus. There are numerous small highlights of interest to discover as you explore the narrow streets of old St-Saturnin-les-Apt, as well as lovely views across the surrounding Luberon countryside.
Within Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt you will see pretty ornate stone fountains and doorways, old wrought iron balconies, pastel painted houses, vaulted passages all of which combine to give a real sense of the history of the village. Parts of the ramparts can be seen although only one of the original gateways through the fortifications is still in existence - the imposing Porte d'Ayguier.
You can also see the Priory of Saint-Pierre d'Agnane (dates from the 13th century) and several small chapels, and the fine house of the Knight's Templars among others. The main Church of Saint-Etienne only dates back to 1860, although it replaced a much earlier church on the same site.
Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is overlooked by both the ruins of an early castle that sprawl across the hill and also by two traditional 17th century windmills. The original castle was built in the 11th century to defend the villagers from invaders and expanded several times over the following centuries.
The castle is reached by a picturesque path that continues up to an 11th century church, worth the effort to visit because the views from here are very impressive.
The weekly market in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt takes place on a Tuesday morning.
In the valley not far above Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (next to the old church and castle) there is a man-made lake that is a popular destination with visitors.
Centrally placed in the Natural Regional Parc of the Luberon, Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is well placed for discovering the parc and its many picturesque villages - see Luberon for details.
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Address: Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, 84490, France || GPS: latitude 43.945, longitude 5.384444
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
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- Colorado Provencal: site of natural beauty (8km)
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- Gorges de la Nesque: site of natural beauty (12km)
- Luberon: regional natural parc (14km)
- Jardin de la Louve: remarkable garden (15km)
- Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes): religious monument (15km)
- Gordes: most beautiful village (15km)
- Menerbes: most beautiful village (19km)
- Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon: remarkable garden (19km)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (Francais)