Village visit: Lourmarin

Lourmarin is a village in the Luberon region of the South of France. It is in the department of the Vaucluse, and just one hour and fifteen minutes’ drive from Cotignac (via Montmeyan and Vinon sur Verdon). It was made particularly famous by Peter Mayle who wrote the best-selling novel A Year in Provence (later made into a Hollywood movie starring Russel Crowe – A Good Year).

The village of Lourmarin is classy and chic. Not  like most villages of Provence where old-fashioned orange and yellow kitch that tends to overwhelm the touristy table-linen shops. Here it’s all about soothing grey and taupe hues, white roses and rustic-looking table tops – and original, restored cobble-stone streets that really make a walk-about pleasant! But you’ll also see designer reds and dramatic bright colours that are rather à la mode at present.

It’s hard to believe the village population is only 1,088. At the end of May, 2015, I visited the place and counted at least 17 restaurants and cafés. The place was packed full of tourists and there was not one shop I didn’t want mosey-on into with my nosey camera! I must also mention the village is one of the cleanest I have seen here (not one pile of dog doo-doo in sight!). Shopping is fantastic: lots of decoration items and clothing and I did not find the prices especially expensive (a nice surprise!). There is also an absolutely stunning chateau worthy of a guided tour (reservations mandatory): http://www.chateau-de-lourmarin.com/les-visites/ You can bring kids to gawk at the donkeys in the fields too.

You can also read more about the village itself here (town-hall website): www.lourmarin.com