Lourmarin/ Roussillon /Gordes/ Abbaye de Sénanque /Fontaine de Vaucluse
A whole day to discover the most beautiful villages of France in Provence.
Lourmarin has been settled for at least a thousand years.The writers
Henri Bosco (1888–1976) and Albert Camus (1913–1960) both lived
there and are buried in the local cemetery.Another famous writer,
British expatriatePeter Mayle ( writer of A Year in Provence) today
lives in Lourmarin.
Roussillon is famous for the rich deposits of ochre pigments found in
the clay near the village. The large quarries of Roussillon were mined
from the end of the 18th century until 1930. Thousands of people found
work in the quarries and factories. Nowadays the mining of ochre is
prohibited here, in order to protect the sites from degradation or even
Gordes:All the new buildings in Gordes are made of stone and use
terracotta roof tiles. No fences are allowed, only stone walls. All
electrical and telephone cables have been put underground, except
for some locations on the border of the commune not made already.
Some streets inside the village are paved with stones and called
Fontaine de Vaucluse, or spring of Vaucluse, situated at the feet of a
steep cliff 230 metres high, is the biggest spring in France. It is also
the fifth largest in the world with an annual flow of 630 million cubic
Time: Mon,Wed,Fri&Sun 9:00-18:00