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Surroundings

A wonderful location, the house is centrally located in the “Parc Naturel du Luberon” a natural park, the ideal location for an interesting nature walk or a challenging bike ride in the heart of real Provence.

Apt is located in the Luberon region (Vaucluse area).

A region known for its rich culture. The summer festivals in the towns of Avignon (medieval papal city) and Orange (Roman heritage) are world famous.

The various authentic mountain villages where time has stood still are the ideal backdrop for the various holiday cottages. The Mont Ventoux looks challenging, and invites you to climb it by bike or for the less experienced “by car”. From the top of this bald giant of Provence you get a magnificent view of the sea, the Alps and the Rhone.

Located (Provence – Vaucluse – Luberon) close to all the famous and beautiful Provencal villages such as Gordes (15 min), Lourmarin (15 min), Ménerbes(30min.), Apt (5 min), Bonnieux (15 min), Lacoste (15min) etc.

Also well known larger cities such as Avignon, Aix en Provence … are within reach.

Some short descriptions, of course not complete…

Apt (2km)

Named 1 of the “les plus beaux villages de France” is known for its charming pedestrian streets and welcoming authentic market on Saturday morning. A large selection of Provencal restaurants, quaint shops and inviting cafes. Just outside the centre you find department stores where you can do all your shopping for a nice barbecue.

Roussilon (9km)

The “Ochre City” is truly unique and certainly worth a visit. The many ochre mines with their ragged shapes and their beautiful red colour make for a brilliant spectacle. Tip: put on shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty, the red dust will inevitably stick. Ideal setting for taking great photos.

Gordes (18,5km)

Probably the most famous village, again on top of a hill and truly beautiful. All homes are built from mandatory “boriestenen” (stone of old sheep barns) in whole exceptionally beautiful. One drawback is that the huge flow of tourists can make for a very busy affair and that the local hospitality industry can benefit from this through very high prices.

Bonnieux (11,9km)

TTypical mountain village with very nice authentic restaurants (La Bastide de Capelongue, Le Fournil, L’Arôme, La gare de Bonnieux ..) and various possibilities for beautiful walks like in the Foret de Cèdres.

Lacoste (16km) 

Known for his partially reconstructed ruins of the infamous castle, which was once owned by the Marquis de Sade and now in the possession of the famous designer Pierre Cardin..

Saignon (4,6km) 

A very charming village around the top of a hill a few minutes from Apt. It has some very renowned, inexpensive restaurants.

Buoux (7km) 

Tiny mountain village with as an attraction point the former fortress ” Buoux”

Lourmarin (17km)

The present residence of Peter Mayle who with his book “One Year in the Provence” has made the Luberon region world famous with the result that it is now the most visited region in France. A negative point is the corresponding prices of homes that ensured that after the French Riviera, the “Luberon” the most expensive region of France is to build and / or to purchase a house or plot. The standard of living is however positive, as the prices of food and drinks in restaurants is usually much lower than in Belgium.

Ménerbes (20,5km) 

One of the most famous perched villages of the Luberon, perhaps 1 of the most beautiful! A real must see.

L’Isle-sur-la-sorgue (29km)

France’s second largest antiques centre (nr 1 is Paris). There are numerous antique shops and a beautiful antique market on Sunday. Some very good restaurants and the various channels that lead the emerald green Sorgue through the authentic town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue,makes it the “Venice of the Comtat Venaissin”.

Avignon (50km)

The city of culture par excellence! This Pope city with its vast artistic heritage and its world-famous theatre is not for nothing on the World Heritage List of Unesco.

Provide sure to visit the Palais des Papes.

Orange (53km)

As well as Avignon is this city with its Roman monuments on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Very pleasant alleys in the old city provide the ideal walk. Outdoor performances have been given for over a century and a half in the ancient theatre.

Aix-en-Provence (54km)

This very pleasant town known as home base of the famous painter Paul Cézanne has become with its many students an ideal blend of a modern city with an ancient city. The old town has its 17th and 18th century character. Beautiful mansions, authentic squares, stately boulevards and unique fountains are now the backdrop for the students reflected in the many cafes and terraces. Aix is an ideal shopping town.

Marseille (79km)

The oldest city in France is now a beautiful set of cordiality, culture and a very extensive trade centre. The many immigrants in their own villages and with their own markets provide a wonderful Mediterranean melting pot. The Vieux Port is the beating heart of the city, tasting a delicious bouillabaisse in one of the many typical fish restaurants at the harbour is a must. Le Panier is the district with Mediterranean features. Watch out for the pickpockets!

a fifteen minute drive outside the city, brings you into the heavenly world of “Les Calanques”, a clear blue sea with magnificent coves and stark white rocks.

Arles (99km) 

Capital and main entrance of “La Camargue”, famous for its magnificent Roman arena with its bullfights. Of course, the stamp that Vincent Van Gogh has printed (or painted) is clearly visible in this city. Recently, Arles has become the city of Photography.

Les Baux-De-Provence (59km) 

This cut out of rock, breathtaking location is a popular tourist attraction flanked both sides by a dizzying gorge. In summer usually too busy to visit.

Abbaye de Sénanque (28km) 

Probably the most photographed abbey (just outside Gordes), known for the beautiful lavender fields located in the front.

Vaison-la-Romaine (73km)

Roman ruins, medieval upper town, the cloister of the old cathedral … a nice place with many Roman remains … a dream for the historian.

Eygalières (44km)

A visit to the starred restaurant Chez Bru is a must during your holiday to “Provence”.

Mont Ventoux (56km)

The Provençal giant and great love of our cycle tourist.