The Luberon’s Enchanting Village of Lourmarin

The Luberon’s Enchanting Village of Lourmarin

France is home to many beautiful places: captivating cities like Paris, Nice and Dijon; stunning regions such as the Loire Valley, Champagne, the Dordogne Valley and the Côte d’Azur. I’m sure you have your favourite.

Mine is in a small corner of Provence’s picturesque Vaucluse department. Here in the Luberon, the gently rolling landscape is abundant with vineyards, fruit trees, and olive groves, peppered with enchanting perched villages. Once a year the air is fragrant with carpets of wafting lavender and the swaying faces of golden sunflowers. Vibrant bands of colour tumble across the fields as if splashed by an unseen artist’s paint brush.

Nestled below the deep green backdrop of the southern Luberon hills, one small medieval village has captured my heart in particular. In Lourmarin, a thin-lined collection of cream-colored, shuttered buildings and a hodgepodge of clay-tiled roofs melt together between a clock tower and a church.

Although not a perched village, Lourmarin is proud to be one of ‘Les Plus Beaux villages de France’ (the most beautiful villages of France). Lourmarin’s twisting, cobbled streets are fringed with ancient buildings the colour of honey. Shutters painted from a palette of pastel shades sit below the golden clay tiled rooftops.

Provence’s picturesque Vaucluse, in The Luberon.


Alluring and unspoiled, Lourmarin’s meandering streets are full of charming boutiques and enticing galleries. Vibrant street cafés and restaurants provide lots of dining options. Lourmarin is also home to a mystical, 15th-century château, the first Renaissance château in Provence, where throughout the year one can enjoy lavish music concerts and soirées.

Every Friday Lourmarin hosts a bustling market, one of the best in the region. Its colourful stalls are packed with locally grown produce, flowers, olives and cheese. Linens flap in the gentle breeze alongside baskets and other treasures of a Provençal marché.

Cheese Stall at a Provencal marché


The setting is superb, surrounded by wineries and the ramparts of the neighboring fairy tale villages. The walled city of Avignon and sun-drenched Aix-en-Provence are less than an hour away; the dazzling Mediterranean coast just a little further.

a Provencal marché


But there’s another reason to visit Lourmarin, and that is just “to be”. To listen to the clock chime every hour as it has done for centuries. To absorb the rich sense of a time long ago, stepping across weathered cobbles to peep behind ancient doorways, which, as they creak, seem to whisper the secrets of the past.

To spend long, lazy days under cornflower blue skies, listening to the sound of chattering crickets, and the chuckle of the fountains. To become immersed in a place where your drive to the grocery store is along avenues of plane trees which seem to stretch out to kiss each other, as you pass vineyards and olive groves.

Provence’s picturesque Vaucluse, in The Luberon.


Lourmarin is an intoxicating place inspiring authors and artists, it is somewhere where one becomes busy just living. It is a place that in leaving, you’ll long to return. A place to yearn for and dream of when you are far away.



How to find Lourmarin

Situated is in the Luberon Valley in the Vaucluse department of Provence, the nearest major airport is Marseille (MRS), a 45 minute drive, with numerous connections to Paris, London, Munich and other major European cities.

If driving, Lourmarin is about 20km from the A7 autoroute traveling north and the A51 to the A8 is 20km to the south.

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Caroline is a travel writer and historical fiction author, based in San Francisco. She grew up in England, spending happy childhood holidays in France where her passion for travel and history began. She writes a much loved travel blog “Shutters and Sunflowers” and is the author of The "Sunflower Field."

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  • Christine Wauchope
    2021-07-01 01:17:23
    Christine Wauchope
    We had a fantastic stay some years ago and would love to revisit.


    • Caroline L Longstaffe
      2021-07-04 00:41:22
      Caroline L Longstaffe
      So glad you loved your stay in Lourmarin. I'm hoping we can get there soon and I hope you do too!!


  • Caroline Longstaffe
    2021-05-30 16:24:00
    Caroline Longstaffe
    Hi Julie I’m so glad that my article brought back happy memories of this special place and hope that you get to visit Lourmarin again. Warmly Caroline


  • Julia Mook
    2021-05-27 07:27:07
    Julia Mook
    Thank you for a nostalgic return to the wonderful Luberon! I stayed in this beautiful place many times with my late husband. You have brought back the happiest of memories.


  • Keith Van Sickle
    2021-05-26 01:29:12
    Keith Van Sickle
    You’ve picked a marvelous village!