The origin of the name Cadenet comes from Candellence meaning the inhabitants of a high place... Cadenet is situated at the heart of the Luberon, between Pertuis and Lourmarin.
The village boasts a feudal chateau (now a classified site) which has a splendid view of the Durance river, the Luberon, the Sainte-Victoire and the Alpilles mountains.
Today the chateau is a cultural centure and an art gallery. Musical shows are held at the open-air theatre - "a la fraiche" as they say here... (the temperature only cools once the sun has gone down).
Visitors will be fascinated by the troglodyte dwellings (types of caves) and the basketwork museum. The cultivation of willows in the region until 1978 helped boost the wickerwork industry. Some crafts people still live in Cadenet and they will be delighted to show you their work.
An attractive man-made lake is open to the public from July to September. The tourist office organises guided visits of the village during summer.
What to see:
Site of the chateau.
Ste Etienne church. Chapel ND des Anges. Basketwork museum.
Leisure activities: Provencal market, Monday morning,
rural market on Saturday mornings from April to October.
Hiking and mountain biking (bikes can be hired).
Swimming, tennis, fishing.