Saignon—Unspoiled and Stunning Hilltop Village

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The tranquil village of Saignon, perched high on a hill above the village of Apt, is a quintessential, sleepy French village. From the narrow, winding streets making their way past colorful shutters, intricate doorways, gorgeous fountains, an ancient lavoir (washhouse) to the rock of Saignon high above, this beautiful village is definitely worth a visit. We stayed here on our first visit to Provence and now must return every time to stroll these picture-perfect streets and to relax in the tranquility that this village has to offer.

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The scenery surrounding Saignon is stunning, especially if one is so fortunate to be here when the lavender is in bloom. Toward the end of June, lavender is in bloom. But I can only imagine what July brings at its peak. Lavender or not, the surroundings are beautiful.

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One of the interesting things to do here is walk up the steep stone steps to le Rocher de Bellevue (the rock of Saignon) to take in the outstanding panorama of the Luberon Valley.

Chez Christine, a café near the upper parking lot, is a great spot to relax under the shade of a plane tree with a glass of rosé or to enjoy a simple lunch of quiche and salad while getting a taste of village life.

On Thursday morning, there is a small organic fruit and vegetable market held in the village. And on Saturday morning, one of the best of the best is held in Apt, just a few minutes below the village.

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When picking a vacation rental in Provence, there are so many wonderful villages to choose from. Saignon is quite high on the list as a perfect French village when it comes to peace, quiet, outstanding views, charm, and location.

À bientôt!

Joucas—My Favorite Village of the Luberon

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Just the name Joucas alone is pretty. There is something about this village, some je ne sais quoi, that just makes it mine. I could imagine myself living here. It’s quiet, peaceful, scenic, charming, pretty. Yet, it’s not far from the shops and restaurants in Gordes, Goult, and Roussillon.

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Joucas is a little perched village with just a small épicerie and a fantastic bistrot. The cobblestone walkways winding through the village along with the blue shutters against the ancient stone walls just ooze charm. Joucas is an artists’ retreat.

Bistrot la Terrasse is spectacular at night with enchanting views of the Luberon, cypress trees, vineyards, the gentle Provençal breeze, and the village of Roussillon all lit up from afar. The food at the bistrot is very good and reasonably priced, from the omelettes and frites to the plat du jour. Yet, it’s the intoxicating view at sunset that beckons one to return.

A visit to la Terrasse could be combined with a stop at the nearby village of Lioux for a hike either before or after lunch. We had no problem at the very end of August getting a table for lunch or in the evening without a reservation, but I think people are catching on to this place. So reservations are highly recommended.

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UPDATE:

La Terrasse in Joucas has changed! We are sad to say that we can no longer recommend this lovely place for the food, namely the omelettes that we use to dream about. Good omelettes no more! It’s still a great place to stop for a drink or perhaps, if you don’t care to be wowed by the food, a light bite in the evening to enjoy the ambience. Let’s hope the new owners bring back the good food to match the ambience. We miss the little dog too!

À bientôt!

Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt—Unspoiled, Quintessential Provence

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Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt is a perfect Provençal village. Located in the Vaucluse department of Provence, it is a quiet, unspoiled village with spectacular views from the top. Walk the charming stone pathway to the ancient ruins above for a rewarding sight. It’s a … Continue reading