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St. Saturnin is an authentic medieval village, perfect for indulging yourself in traditional French living. Steeped in almost 1,000 years of history, with castle ruins set above the village, sharing in beautiful views of the Luberon. Here you will find quaint streets, lined with rows of connected medieval houses, dotted with a wonderful bakery, butchers and grocery store, and cafes for sampling the delightful local cuisine and watching the world go by.
Your new surroundings are waiting to be explored! There’s plenty to see and do in the area.
You'll discover a different side to your destination when you venture further afield.
Provencal cooking is a real treat to the taste buds, the sun makes the vegetables grow wonderfully and the olive oil is the key ingredient for most dishes. Everywhere in Provence you will find a lot of seafood dishes, Marseille is particularly popular as the seafood capital. Of course when in Provence dont forget to try those extraordinary cheeses and divine ham.
Nights in Provence are fairly quiet with a good selection of bars and restaurants. Before heading off to dinner, learn how to play the traditional petanque, the Provencale ball game.
Olive oil, cherish, lavender, wine
Every Tuesday morning, you will find: the best local, seasonal fruit and vegetables; meat, fish, bread, olives, tapenade, honey and conserves, herbs and spices, cheese, goat cheese, flowers, oils and wines, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens, Provencal fabrics and housewares; clothes, the perfect straw hat or straw basket to take to the markets, and much else besides.
You cannot leave Provence without visiting one of the wyneries; Château Vignelaure, Château La Coste, Château Léoube, Mas de Cadenet, Clos Mireille-Domaines Ott, Château de Chausse... There is sonething for every taste!
Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals at Sault and Valreas, and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. In Coustellet there is even a Lavender Museum exploring the history of the cultivation of lavender in Provence.
Les Gorges de Regalon : just beside Merindol, take a wonderful walk through a narrow canyon; the scenery, terrain, and views all make this hike extremely interesting - actually spectacular.
The Alpilles mountains: at the heart of a region with a unique diversity of landscapes, this unique area was classified as a Parc Naturel Régional
Les Baux is a spectacular rock plateau 250m up in the sky with views south over the Alpilles, and to Arles and the Camargue.
A tour around the Mont Ventoux gives you a different perspective of Provence, from the lavender country round Sault to the west, to the wine country and Roman treasures of Vaison la Romaine in the East, and the beautiful and little-known villages scattered in between.
When you walk the streets of Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt look out for a number of strikingly beautiful doors and ornately carved doorways, especially along rue de la Republique in the centre.
This is one of the least present chateaux in the region, just a few bits of wall and outlines of the fortifications remain, but the ridge they are laid out on offers wonderful views of the Luberon, and is topped by an 11th century chapel that did survive.
Provence is a great destination for a walking vacation. There are trails for people of all abilities, including many hikes which are very suitable for families with younger children.
Bike hire, Cycle route
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