Vaucluse places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Vaucluse department of Provence. See also our Vaucluse travel guide.

Abbey of Senanque

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Senanque Abbey is a roman style abbey in Provence surrounded by lavender fields and with many of the 12th century monastic buildings lovingly restored

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Ancient Theatre of Orange

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The Antique Theatre in Orange is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in western Europe

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Ansouis

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The quaint medieval centre, the castle and the views from Ansouis make it one of our favourite Luberon villages

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Apt

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Less touristy than many Provence towns, the highlight in Apt is the baroque style cathedral

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Avignon

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The Pope's Palace, the Pont d'Avignon and an attractive town centre make Avignon very interesting to explore

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Avignon Bridge

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Bonnieux

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Less visited than some of the Luberon villages, the upper town in Bonnieux and the views from the top of the hill make it very pleasant to visit

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Cadenet

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Cadenet is a small town in the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park

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Carpentras

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Carpentras is a sizeable town, and although not always considered a 'tourist town' we found it had a good number of sites of interest

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Chateau de Lourmarin

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The Chateau de Lourmarin is a castle on the edge of the village of the same name, with both medieval and renaissance elements

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a pretty village in Vaucluse, overlooked by a ruined castle and well known for the wines produced nearby

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Cucuron

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Enter Cucuron through one of its medieval gateways to discover a picturesque old town and lots of interesting houses

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Dentelles de Montmirail

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Although at quite low altitude the jagged peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail are a lovely place for hiking

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Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer

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Museum featuring an eclectic collection of objects discovered in the ocean and various works of art by Georges Mazoyer

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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

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The highlight of your visit to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the wooded valley and river emerging from the rocks next to the village

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Gordes

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The exceptionall pretty-village of Gordes is also one of the most visited villages in France

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a pretty town well known for its rivers and their numerous water wheels

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Lacoste

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The small village of Lacoste, one of the most beautiful in the Luberon, stands below the castle of the Marquis de Sade

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Le Barroux

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From the castle ramparts in Le Barroux you have very far-reaching views across the vineyards and olive groves of the region

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Le Beaucet

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The castle, the fortifications, the cliffs and the troglodyte dwellings come together to make Le Beaucet part of the landscape

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Lourmarin

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Lourmarin is one of the most important scenic villages in the Luberon region

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Menerbes

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One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are overflowing with charm

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Naturoptère

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Naturoptere is a biodiversity centre where you can learn of the interaction between nature and insects

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Oppede-le-Vieux

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Oppede might be less visited than the more famous of the Luberon villages, but a visit is still recommended - and the crowds rather less!

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Orange

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Orange is best known for its Roman monuments such as the very good condition Theatre

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Papal Palace, Avignon

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The Papal Palace in Avignon is the most imposing gothic palace in Europe

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Pernes-les-Fontaines

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Pernes-les-Fontaines takes its name from the large number of historic fountains in the town - 40 at last count!

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Pertuis

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Pertuis is a small Provencal town to the south of the Luberon Regional Natural Park

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Roussillon

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As well as the orange houses of the village you can explore the ancient ochre mines just below Roussillon

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Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt

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It is true that Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt is larger and less visited by tourists than many of the Luberon villages, but find the time and you will discover another scenic small town

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Sault

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In a region most visited for the surrounding lavender fields, Sault is also a picturesque village to explore

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Seguret

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Seguret is a very picturesque village east of Orange, now classified among the most beautiful villages in France

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The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon

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The Ochre mines of Roussillon are eroded into beautiful colours and shapes and fascinating to explore

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Vaison-la-Romaine

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You are spoiled for choice in Vaison-la-Romaine, with substantial Roman remains and also a large medieval centre to explore

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Venasque

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The ancient baptistry and the scenery of the Nesque river valley are just two of the reasons to visit the village of Venasque

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Village des Bories

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The Village des Bories, near Gordes in Provence, is a fascinating group of ancient stone dwellings and shelters

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For more information see the Vaucluse guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Vaucluse

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Apt: Saturday
Avignon: every day except Monday
Bedoin: Monday
Bollene: Monday
Cadenet: Monday
Carpentras: Friday (high seasin only)
Cavaillon: Monday
Courthezon: Friday
Gordes: Tuesday
La Tour-d'Aigues: Tuesday
Le Pontet: Thursday
Le Thor: Saturday
Lourmarin: Friday
Malaucene: Wednesday
Maubec: Sunday
Orange: every day except Sunday
Pernes-les-Fontaines: Saturday
Pertuis: Friday
Piolenc: Monday
Roussillon: Thursday
Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque: Sunday
Sainte-Cecile-les-Vignes: Saturday
Sault: Wednesday
Sorgues: Sunday
Vaison-la-Romaine: Tuesday
Valreas: Wednesday
Vedene: Tuesday

Selected tourist attractions in the Vaucluse department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Carpentras: Tourist guide

Vaison-la-Romaine: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Colorado Provencal

Dentelles de Montmirail

Gorges de la Nesque

Gorges de Régalon

Gorges de Régalon

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Avignon: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon

Jardin de la Louve

Jardin du château de Brantes

Jardin du château de Val Joanis

Jarditrain

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Cistercienne de Boschaud (Villars)

Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes)

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Nazareth (Vaison-la-Romaine)

Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues)

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Repos de Montfavet (Avignon)

Regional Natural Parcs

Luberon: Tourist guide

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Apt: Tourist guide

Pernes-les-Fontaines: Tourist guide

Vaison-la-Romaine: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Ansouis: Tourist guide

Gordes: Tourist guide

Lourmarin: Tourist guide

Menerbes: Tourist guide

Roussillon: Tourist guide

Seguret: Tourist guide

Venasque: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Avignon Centre: Tourist guide

Orange Roman Theatre: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Mont Ventoux