The surrounding area

 

Lambesc and its market

Located in the heart of Provence, at the foot of the Chaîne des Côtes hills, near the Alpilles, not far from Aix-en-Provence and the Mediterranean, Lambesc has preserved its Provençal character and offers a quality of life appreciated greatly by all. The Friday morning market in front of the Mairie (town hall) is an absolute must: you’ll need a good hour or two to explore its many stalls selling fruit, vegetables, local specialties, clothing and household goods.

roque d'anthéron piano festivalLa Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival

Since its creation in 1980, the International Piano Festival at La Roque d’Anthéron has become a major event on the international music calendar. The concerts and recitals take place at various sites including Lambesc. We will post details in the Events section of the site. You can consult the full programme on the festival’s official website.

lourmarin castleLourmarin

Standing amidst vineyards and olive groves, Lourmarin — an artists’ village — is at the foot of the pass carved out of the Luberon Massif by the River Aiguebrun. Its fountain-lined streets thread their way around the Castellas and a charming Romanesque church leading to the magnificent castle – considered to be the finest Renaissance chateau in the South of France. This was built in the 15th century by the Agoult family and today houses a collection of fine furniture and objets d’art. Philosopher and writer Albert Camus, who lived in the village, is buried in the cemetery.

baux de provenceLes Baux de Provence & the Quarries of Light

Located on a rocky plateau in the heart of the Alpilles, the town of Les Baux-de-Provence affords exceptional panoramic views across Arles and the Camargue. The site boasts 22 patiently-restored monuments — a substantial historic and architectural heritage. Quarries were dug over the years to extract the white limestone used to build the castle and Les Baux. The “Quarries of Light” son & lumière shows, during which images are projected on the walls of the disused underground quarries, are a recent development.

gordesGordes

Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages in France, steeped in history, its cobblestone streets winding between the tall houses built into the rock, and its walls whispering a thousand stories and legends. Nearby, there are some extraordinary places to visit: The ‘bories’ village comprising curious dry-stone igloo-shaped constructions, the Cistercian Sénanque Abbey nestled in its green valley, the Moulins de Bouillons Museum (16th-century olive presses) and the cellars of the Palais Saint Firmin. The town of Gordes has fiercely preserved its heritage with exactitude and love. 

cucuronCucuron

At the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Park, this village boasts many interesting features: Ramparts, tower doors, belfry, dungeon… So many places to discover as you stroll through the old town which was chosen as the setting for the film ‘The Horseman on the Roof’. With its pond and plane trees, Cucuron is an oasis during the heat of summer in Provence.

The Ochres of Roussillon

In Provence, between the Luberon and the Monts de Vaucluse, Roussillon glistens in an ochre-coloured light. The village is among the most beautiful in France and is truly like no other. Located at the heart of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, it proclaims its mineral singularity by an amazing palette of brilliant colours. The Ochre Trail — also known as the Giants’ Causeway — takes you through a former quarry, surrounding woods and a series of magnificent sites carved by water, wind and the hand of man.

marseille mucemMarseille & the MUCEM Museum

Suspended between sky and water, floating at the entrance of the Old Port of Marseille, a new national museum has opened its doors. The MuCEM’s very location makes it a major development for the Mediterranean; redefining its horizon to create a place where its two shorelines unite. Never before has a museum been dedicated exclusively to the cultures of the Mediterranean and its people, despite their richness and diversity in terms of history and civilisation.