THINGS TO DO

Below you'll find a jumble of things to do in no particular order. We have suggestions for local farmers markets, castles, villages to see, beaches,
classes, sports, festivals, wineries, and of course, restaurants.


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The Farmers markets of the Luberon
Some markets are seasonal (April-October).

Monday:
Cadenet, Cavaillon, Goult, Lauris,
Tuesday:
Cucuron, Gordes, Lacoste, La Tour d'Aigues, St Saturnin les Apt
Wednesday:
Gargas, Merindol, Pertuis, St Martin de Castillon, Sault
Thursday:
Ansouis, Caumont, Cereste, Robion, Roussillon
Friday:
Lourmarin, Bonnieux
Saturday:
Cheval Blanc, Pertuis, Manosque, Oppede-le-vieux, Apt
Sunday:
Coustellet, Isle sur la Sorgue, Maubec

Visit the "Ferme Gerbaud" and learn about Lavender and
Herbes de Provence uses in food and medicine:

http://www.plantes-aromatiques-provence.com

CHATEAUX
(they have an impressive concert list for the summer and more)

Chateau de Loumarin
Visit the Chateau de Lourmarin:
http://www.chateau-de-lourmarin.com
June-Oct: 11h-16h30; July-Aug: 10h-17h30; Sept:10h-16h30
Open every day, except: Sept-Mar closed Tuesdays

Chateau d'Ansouis
Chateau d'Ansouis

Château du Marquis de Sade
(in Lacoste)


TOWNS & VILLAGES
While visiting the country, look for antiques and second-hand goods by checking the list on http://vide-greniers.org.

Village of Lourmarin
Lourmarin: http://www.provencebeyond.com/villages/lourmarin.html

Cucuron
Cucuron: http://www.provenceweb.fr/f/vaucluse/cucuron/cucuron.htm

La Roque
La Roque d'Antheron: (really beautiful 10 minutes away)
and its International Piano Festival, http://www.festival-piano.com

Lacoste
Lacoste: (40 minutes away) and its famous festival

Aix
Aix en Provence: http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com

Avignon
Avignon:(45 minutes away) Historic city Avignon,
Palace of the Popes: http://www.palais-des-papes.com,
annual drama and dance festival: http://www.festival-avignon.com

Arles
Arles & Camargue: http://www.provencebeyond.com/villages/arles-provence-france.html

Les Baux-de-Provence
Les Baux-de-Provence: http://www.provencebeyond.com/villages/baux.html
In les Baux, don't miss the Image Cathedral show: http://www.cathedrale-images.com

L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue
L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue: and Fontaine de Vaucluse (1 hour away)
The "Venice of Provence" is the antiques capital of provincial France.

Apt, Rousillon, etc
Apt, Rousillon, Gordes, Bonieux, Menerbes, Oppede, Buoux
(30-40 minutes away)

Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon (1 hour and 30 minutes away)


BEACHES

Cassis-Port-Minou
Cassis: Cassis is a lovely fishing village, 20 km east of Marseille,
protected by the white cliffs of the calanque of Port-Miou
from the strong local wind known as mistral. Has a stone beach.
(parking is difficult, go there early)

La Ciotat
La Ciotat: Large sand beach

Bandol
Bandol

Marseilles-plages
Marseille: Le vallon des offres, Les Prophetes, Le petit Nice, Château d'If


SPORTS
- Randonnées: De nombreux sentiers traversent le Luberon, certains passent a 10 mn de la maison, voir cartes de la maison ou à l'office du tourisme

tennis
Tennis
Tennis club de lourmarin Les Ferrailles 84160 LOURMARIN 04 90 08 54 67
Tennis Club Cadenet chem Colombier 84160 CADENET 04 90 68 12 10

Bike
Cycling:
http://eng.veloloisirluberon.com
Bicycle Rentals in Lourmarin: rue du Temple
Open: all year, 9h-12h, 14h-19h, Tel: 0490 085 346

horseback
Horseback riding
Les Cavaliers du Gilbas,Lourmarin. Tél. 04 90 68 38 59
La Bastide des Fontaines, Cadenet. Tél. 04 90 68 38 10
Les Cavaliers du Luberon- Le Vabre, Cucuron. Tél. 04 90 77 22 19

archery
Archery
Arc Club Luberonais à Lourmarin, Tél:04 90 79 60 42
Arc Club Luberonais - Cadenet, Lauris et Lourmarin Tél. 04 90 56 15 99

golf
Golf
Golf of Pont Royal (18 trous) à Mallemort, Tel: 04 90 59 44 08 ( 20 mn away)
Golf de Saumane. Route de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse,84800 Saumane-de-Vaucluse. Tel : 04 90 20 20 65
Golf Grand Avignon. Chemin de la Banastière - 84270 Vedène. Tel : 04 90 31 49 94

Mini-Golf Les Cerisiers
Les Cerisiers, Les Ferrailles.84160 LOURMARIN
Tel : 04 90 68 14 07
Open: April-September except Monday, and every day July-August

rockclimbing
Rock Climbing
Where? In Fort de Buoux, near Apt and Bonnieux,
on the spectacular cliffs over the Aiguebrun river valley
or the Colline St jacques in Cavaillon, Pont julien/Bosque in Apt,
cliffs of Oppède le Vieux, the Durance banks in Mirabeau,
the "Rocher des Abeilles" in St Martin de Castillon.
Informations: Comité Départemental de la montagne et de l'escalade.
Tél. 04 90 25 40 48
Association "Lézards bleus" in Buoux : 04 90 04 63 77,
Association "Améthiste" in Buoux : 04 90 04 80 55

Hot Air Balloons
Le Mas Fourniquière
84220 Gordes - Joucas - Tél : 04.90.05.79.21

Hang Gliding
Rustr'aile Colorado 84400 Rustrel
Tél. 04 90 04 96 53

And for more information about "Things To Do",
go to the Tourism Office in Lourmarin (in the village center)

Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00AM to 12:30PM and 3:00PM to 6:00PM
Tel : 04 90 68 10 77, e-mail: ot@lourmarin.com
And check the website at www.luberon-provence.fr

wineglass
Vineyards and Wineries
The villages of the Luberon, including Lourmarin, are surrounded by vines
Château Constantin-Chevalier, along with Val Joanis, in Pertuis
and Chateau de la Verrerie, located in nearby Puget,
are considered among the very best of the Côtes du Luberon wines.
Labels to seek out include Château de l'Isolette, Château des Tourettes,
Château la Canorgue, Chateau la Verrerie, Château Val Joannis,
Domaine de la Bastide de Rhodares, Domaine de la Citadelle,
Domaine de la Royere, Domaine Faverot and Bastide du Claux.


Puyvert Village
Library in Puyvert:
In front of Maison Chaix

Kids library in Lourmarin:
Avenue Philippe de Girard, 84160 LOURMARIN. TEL 04 90 68 31 81


CLASSES
Archery classes:
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/acl84/

Cooking Classes:
http://www.reinesammut.com/en/ecole-cuisine-epicerie/ecole-de-cuisine.php


ART FESTIVALS
The whole year long in Provence but especially
during the months of July and August
International Piano Festival in Roque d'Antheron,
(really beautiful, 10 minutes away):
http://www.festival-piano.com
Festival of Lacoste (40 minutes away)
Festival of Avignon (35 mn away), http://www.festival-avignon.com
Cultural events In Aix en Provence (35 minutes away)


dining
RESTAURANTS
There are a lot of restaurants and cafes to choose from in the area,
from a coffee in the morning sun to a 5-course gastronomic dinner.
Here is a short list (in Lourmarin unless otherwise noted):

L'Antiquaire
Rue du Grand Pré
Tel : 04 90 68 17 29
Closed Sunday night and Monday
Provence and traditional, light and fresh ingredients

Le Ratelier
2, rue Albert Camus
Tel: 04 90 68 23 33
Closed Monday and Saturday lunch, and Wednesday
Family restaurant, pizza, pasta, grills and salads

L'Oustalet
Avenue du Rayol
Tel : 04 90 68 07 33
Closed Tuesday-Wednesday
Traditional and local Provencal dishes, in a 17th post inn,
shaded patio, beautiful view of the castle.

La Récré
15 Avenue Philippe de Girard (à côté de l'Office duTourisme )
Tel: 04 90 68 23 73
Closed Wednesday
Traditional Provencal and organic, shaded terrace

Le Bistrot de Lourmarin
2 avenue Philippe de Girard
Tel: 04 90 68 29 74
Provençale and from Lyon specialties and traditional cuisine
Fermé le jeudi, vendredi midi et dimanche soir

Le Michel Ange
Place de la Fontaine
Tel: 04 90 68 02 03
Closed Tuesday-Wednesday
Mediterranean and seafood. Shaded terrace

Le Moulin de Lourmarin
In front of the château.
Tel: 04 90 68 06 69
Garden with fountain

La Closerie
(reserve well in advance).
Boulevard des Platanes, Ansouis
Tel: 04 90 09 90 54

Auberge de La Fenière
(reserve well in advance)
Route de Lourmarin-Cadenet
Tel: 04 90 68 11 79
Gastronomic restaurant, provençale cuisine
Closed on Tuesday, only Tuesday lunch during the season
Cooking Classes:
http://www.reinesammut.com/en/ecole-cuisine-epicerie/ecole-de-cuisine.php

The Petite Maison de Cucuron
(reserve well in advance)
(in a lovely village house overlooking the pond in Cucuron)
Place de l'Etang
Tel: 04 90 68 21 99
Gastronomic restaurant, www.lapetitemaisondecucuron.com/

Le Bamboo Thaï
Route d'Apt (just out of Lourmarin)
Tél: 04 90 68 88 15
Delicious thaï cuisine by a thaï chef, nice terrace.
Open year round for lunch and dinner.

La Calade
Rue de la Juiverie
Tel: 04 90 68 04 44
Tearoom

Le The dans l'encrier
Rue de la Juiverie
Tel: 04 90 68 88 41
Tearoom and book shop (serves delicious tarts!)

Luce d'Angeuse
Place Henri Barthélémy (en arrière de l'Office de Tourisme)
Tel: 04 90 68 89 45
Tearoom (full meal lunchtime only)


More Things to Do
  • Swimming
  • Hiking trails in the Luberon mountains
  • Biking
  • Tennis on local courts
  • Basketball courts nearby
  • Ping Pong Table
  • BlueRay DVD library for evening movies