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Remarkable Villages

Our selection of remarkable villages

Roam the colorful land of Provence… Le Prieuré Baumanière offers you several typical villages, 45 minutes to 1 hour by car.


The Ochres

Step into the gentle and warm atmosphere unique to the colored lands of Vaucluse. A broad palette ranging from yellow and orange ochres to deep red contrasts with the natural shadows.

Located in the heart of Europe’s most significant ochre deposit, the village of Roussillon, perched high, proclaims its mineral uniqueness with an astonishing palette of blazing colors. As you wander through its alleys and stairs, gazing at its facades—often simple and naturally beautiful—you will admire the result of skills more than a thousand years old.

Le conseil du Prieuré Roam this multicolored labyrinth that is the Ochre Trail and let yourself be transported into the fantastic world of the Provençal Colorado. According to legend, heartbroken, the beautiful Sirmonde threw herself from the cliffs, and her blood stained the land red.


The green and the brown

At the foot of the notch carved into the Luberon by the Aiguebrun, in a landscape of vineyards and olive trees, Lourmarin was born. Its streets, lined with fountains, wind around the Castellas and a charming Romanesque church, leading to the magnificent castle. Built in the 15th century by the Agoult family, it now houses a rich collection of furniture and art objects and is a listed historical monument. The people of Lourmarin are very proud! A village of artists, Lourmarin seduced, among others, Henri Bosco and Albert Camus, who rest in the small cemetery.

Le conseil du Prieuré Treat yourself to a sweet break at Riquier pastry shop and its famous "gibassié de Lourmarin," an anise-flavored delicacy.


A life-sized nativity scene

In Vaucluse, at the foot of the famous Dentelles de Montmirail massif, this village with a preserved medieval aspect is often compared to a life-sized nativity scene!
Dominating the Rhône Valley in a landscape of vineyards, Séguret invites you, during a marked visit in the village, to discover its paved alleys, the tower of its old medieval castle, the Reynier gate, the remnants of the fortifications, the Mascarons fountain, as well as the washhouse and the belfry along with the Romanesque Saint-Denis church. A strong moment in heritage!

Le conseil du Prieuré Provençals have landscaped these rocky slopes by planting vines that today produce some of the most prestigious wines like Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise!

Le Bistro Du'O

Refined and subtle local cuisine


Ancient medieval city

At the foot of Mont Ventoux, clinging to a rocky peak overlooking vineyards, scrublands, and cherry trees, Venasque is an ancient medieval city whose remnants of ramparts and three Saracen towers still stand today. In the heart of this Provençal village, roam the steep alleys, admire the golden stone houses as well as Notre-Dame church-cathedral and a magnificent baptistery originating from the 11th century.

Le conseil du Prieuré Take the opportunity for a small excursion to Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, and its breathtaking panorama!


The blue gold

From afar, you can see rectangular violet shapes, along the roadside or scattered across the countryside. You are approaching the fields of the ‘blue gold,’ visible at certain times of the year.

Nestled in the hollow of its valley, this abbey dating back to the 12th century is still inhabited by a community of Cistercian monks who still work their lavender fields. The majesty of this place imposes silence.


An essential cultural stop

Clinging to the flank of the Vaucluse plateau, overlooking the plain of Cavaillon, the houses of Gordes are tiered at the foot of its imposing Renaissance castle and its church along the winding calades. A village of artists celebrated by Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely, and Pol Mara, Gordes, carved into the rock, is an essential cultural stop in Provence.

Le conseil du Prieuré There is a path linking the Sénanque Abbey to Gordes, where you can spot the bories. These are dry-stone huts that served as shelters for shepherds during the latter part of the 20th century, yet they still retain their mystery. Their construction dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Mas de Tourteron

Refined Provençal dishes


Village overlooking scrublands and vineyards

From atop a rocky spur overlooking the scrublands and vineyards of the Luberon, the citadel of Ménerbes and its castle watch over its neighbors, the Most Beautiful Villages of France of Gordes and Roussillon. nside, the alleys reveal a rich heritage: ancient homes, the town hall square with its bell tower featuring a campanile from the 17th century… Like many villages in the Luberon, Ménerbes captivated several famous artists, including Picasso who owned a residence here…

Le conseil du Prieuré Visit the House of Truffle and Wine; the British writer Peter Mayle contributed to its worldwide fame in the 1980s with his bestseller "A Year in Provence."
The village offers a magnificent view of the Vaucluse mountains from the citadel.


The little Venice

Originally a village of fishermen with many rivers and canals, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has a particular charm, similar to that of Venice, which justifiably earns it the nickname “The Little Venice.” Today, ducks accompany your strolls along the quays, from bridge to bridge. Thanks to its world-renowned antique market, the small town welcomes many antique dealers, antiques enthusiasts, or simple strollers every Sunday…

Le conseil du Prieuré Geneviève Charial often comes here to find numerous pieces of furniture that take place in the rooms of our hotels!

Le Jardin du Quai

Fine and refined market cuisine

Les Baux-de-Provence

The bright white

Head towards the white mountain: Les Baux-de-Provence. There, a strong, intense, and impressive light bursts forth.

This alabaster-colored rocky mass was the favored city of our great painters such as Cézanne or Van Gogh. Today, photographers from around the world attempt to capture the light of this unique place. A real eagle’s nest in the heart of Les Alpilles, Les Baux-de-Provence remains an essential Provençal stop that artists, artisans, and producers bring to life all year round.

Le conseil du Prieuré Do not miss a visit to Baumanière!