Visit Lourmarin for a taste of Provence

Written by on August 12, 2015 in Provence-Alpes


Situated in the heart of Provence, the 1,000 year old village of Lourmarin is one of the most beautiful villages in France, it’s official!

A very pretty town with fountain-lined streets that thread their way around the village which has an ancient belfry (castelas) and a charming Romanesque church.  A magnificent 15th Century castle houses a collection of furniture and objets d’art, allow about an hour for a visit. Lourmarin is an artists’ village and, among others, attracted Henri Bosco and Albert Camus who are both buried in the cemetery. Camus hated driving and once said he couldn’t imagine a death more meaningless than dying in a car crash. For a writer so preoccupied with the meaninglessness of existence, it was a tragic irony that at the age of 46, t he died in a car accident, on the way from Lourmarin to Paris, in 1960, just three years after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Surrounded by olive groves, almond trees and vineyards, Lourmarin has a typically Provençal ambience of gentility and beauty.  Very popular in the summer months, it can get a little crowded, off season it is quiet and tranquil.

There are a few shops, including souvenir shops, antiques, art galleries and clothes boutiques, several restaurants and cafés.

Lourmarin makes for a great base in Provence being just 37km north of Aix-en-Provence and 58 km from Avignon. It’s easy to visit the surrounding towns of Apt, Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon by car.


If your idea of a wonderful French holiday includes relaxing on the terrace of a café that spills out onto a cobble stone street, enjoying a typically Provencal dinner in a pretty restaurant then Lourmarin will definitely float your boat.

How to get from Paris to Lourmarin

Lourmarin is 70km from the Airport at Marseille, 58km from Avignon where there is a major train station with great high speed connections and direct trains from Paris and London with UKVoyagesSNCF. The closest TGV train station is Aix-en-Provence from where you take a  train to Pertuis, the nearest local station or a to Pertius. From here you can take the bus to Lourmarin, but it is infrequent so you’ll need to check the time table.

When you’re there, having a car or tour by road is best for seeing the surrounding, beautiful sights…

Daily markets of Provence – all the details you need to visit, when and where…
Lavender fields of Provence
They don’t call it gorgeous Gordes for nothing – lovely Provencal town that seduces all who visit…
Roussillon, the ochre coloured Provencal town that really wows…

www.provence guide for loads of information, places to go, things to do and see.

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