Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Section
Lourmarin – Most Beautiful French Villages
Lourmarin, ranked among the Plus Beaux Villages de France
Lourmarin is a picturesque Provencal village ranked among the Plus Beaux Villages de France.
It is nestled in a valley that stretches between the Grand and Petit Lubéron mountains.
A beautiful medieval stone bridge spans the Aigue Brun, a lovely brook that flows among olive and almond trees groves and vineyards.
The valley enjoys an outstanding geographical situation and has therefore been inhabited since the Neolithic.
The village picturesque developed during the Middle-Ages.
Winding lanes bordered with superbly restored Provencal houses, facades crumbling under flowers and shaded little squares attract thousands of visitors each summer.
These lanes also lead to the village centre and its lively open air cafes, restaurants and handicrafts shops.
However, the 12th century fortress is Lourmarin's oldest building.
It was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries on its original foundations.
A superb stone staircase leads to the Renaissance section and its splendid private apartments, which are are open to the public
Peter Mayle, Albert Camus and Henri Bosco
Peter Mayle’s bestseller A Year in Provence contributed to the fame of Lourmarin, as this is where the British author lives.
Another of his books, A Good Year, was adapted to the cinema and the film shot in the area.
However, the French writer, journalist, philosopher and Nobel Prize in Literature Albert Camus discovered Lourmarin long before Peter Mayle.
Camus not only lived in Lourmarin, but he is also buried in the cemetery.
So is the author Henri Bosco, a native of Avignon, who fell in love with the village.
Department of Vaucluse
Coordinates: Lat 43.763477 - Long 5.362582
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