Lourmarin is an ideal base for your vacation to Provence. Located in the heart of Provence, it is midway between the "Paris of the South"--Aix-en- Provence--and the "City of the Popes"--Avignon. It is within an easy day-excursion to any of the great cities of the region or to many of the famous Mediterranean beaches.
Considered the gateway to the Lubéron, one of France's most esteemed Natural Parks, Lourmarin also has easy access to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.
Finally, it is in the midst of some of the region's most picturesque perched villages, many of which Peter Mayle has written about in his popular series of books about his life in Provence.
Lourmarin, the village itself, has its own allure beyond its due recognition as an ideal base. It is officially designated as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France" and has long been a popular destination for French and international vacationers alike.
Set among vineyards, olive groves, almond trees, and fields of wild herbs, it is not far from the extensive forests of the Lubéron and, in the summer months, the brilliantly colored rows of lavender. The village is steeped in history, culture, arts, and gastronomy.
The narrow winding streets, filled with galleries, shops, cafés, tea salons, and restaurants are a magnet for visitors who, like us, return time and time again.
It has a magical kind of appeal that extends well beyond the surface -- as evidenced by its long line of interesting residents, most notably French author Albert Camus, Provençal writer Henri Bosco, and now, the aforementioned English author Peter Mayle.