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Ménerbes

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Luberon - Pop.: 1.100 h.

3 km from the N100 which links Avignon (42km) and Apt (23km) by the D103.

Menerbes - landscape
This superb little village in the Luberon is considered one of the finest in France. Built on a hill, it is surrounded by magnificent countryside. When visiting Ménerbes you will notice that its rich historic past has been well-preserved.

The Dolmen de la Pichouno (unique to the Vaucluse) shows that Ménerbes has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Archeological excavations have uncovered the remains of villas and an ancient cemetery dating back to Roman times.
Menerbes - Tower

Across from the Luberon Mountain chain lies an ancient convent of the Carmelite Order which has its beginning around 1250. Built on an existing religious site, Saint Hillaire is rich on architectural styles, from Roman to classical Gothic. During the Middle Ages, access to the town was through the two doors, St Sauveur et Notre Dame.



Menerbes - House
At the time of the religious wars in the 16th century, Ménerbes was the capital of the Protestant movement and you can admire the imposing citadel built between the 12th and 16th century. This dramatic past comes to life when you see the magnificent old houses, now lovingly restored and the power taken by the aristocracy at the time. The houses certainly lend character to the old Ménerbes !

Menerbes - City hall


Nicolas de Staël
and Picasso both owned houses at Ménerbes and they have been joined by other famous artists, musicians, comedians and writers, all of whom own one of the farmhouses scattered around the village.


Menerbe - Door



Do not leave Ménerbes without making a tour of the picturesque "corkscrew museum" where more than 1,000 different varieties of this magic tool are on display. The corkscrew was invented in the 12th century... by a Frenchman of course !!!


What to see:

St Hilaire abbey. 14th century church. 18th century chapel Ste Blaise.
Medieval and renaissance houses. Corkscrew museum.
Musée du tire-bouchon - Corkscrew museum.
HQ Photograhs of Ménerbes.



Leisure activities:

Hiking. Mountain biking (mountain bike hire and routes).
Cultural events, arts and crafts.



Accommodation:

Hotels.
Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals.



Neighbouring villages:

Beaumettes (3km), Oppede le Vieux (5km), Lacoste (6km).







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