Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lourmarin love - a new enchanting village in France

a NEW enchanting village
Giving Gordes a run for its money as quaintest French village

Lourmarin is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Lourmarin is a pleasant town, and very popular with both French and foreign tourists. The surrounding countryside is fields, vineyards, olive groves, with the extensive forests of the Luberon just north of the town. The town is very quite off-season (through May), but then you can visit the next-door town of Cadenet which is active year-round.

Sites to see in Lourmarin include the 15th-16th century castle, the Romanesque St. Andre church, a lovely campanile and some nice old fountains. There are several shops, including souvenir shops, antiques, art galeries and clothes boutiques. There are also a few terrace cafés, restaurants some grouped around the cobblestone junction in the heart of the town.
Lourmarin is nicely situated as a base for visiting Provence. It's in the heart of the Luberon, with Aix-en-Provence about 30 minutes to the south and Avignon 45 minutes to the west. Some lovely nearby villages along the southern edge of the Luberon are Vaugines, cucuron, Cabrières d'aigues and La Motte-d'Aigues.

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