Saint Martin les Eaux
Departement of the Alpes de Haute Provence - Pop.: 120 h. - Altitude : 600 m.
From Manosque take the D907, then the D105 for 3.5 km, and finally the D505 for 3 km.
Saint Martin les Eaux is a discreet dry-stone village set against the hills of the Luberon.
Its pastel-coloured houses can be seen above a vast car park, just opposite the silvery domes of the St-Michel Observatory, in an intimate tranquil site of fields planted with poplars.
The brand new white stairway leading up from the car park will take you into the village, and it won't take you long to walk round.
Take time to admire the shades of blue, red and green on the shutters, some terraces covered with vines, one or two beautiful stone façades...
... and above all don't miss the Romanesque church listed as an Historical Monument, with its dry-stone walls and larch wood roof, a particularly understated "masterpiece of Romanesque art".
With its tractors in action, kitchen gardens and chicken runs, at Saint Martin les Eaux the way of life is still human, slow and peaceful!
What to see:
Romanesque church (12th century, historical monument).
Château built by the Lords of Lincel whose main entrance door is listed, and which today houses the "mairie".
Village fountain (bottle-necks), sulphur-bearing springs and salty spring.
Walking. Exploring the forest (many paths), on foot, mountain-bike or horse-back.
Bed and breakfast. Table d'hotes.
Holiday rentals. Gites..