This beautiful village sits atop a rocky ridge between the Durance and the Luberon Luberon mountain.
Perched on its cliff, Lauris offers an amazing view across the Durance valley, the Alpilles and the Luberon.
Like the figurine on the prow of a ship the XVIII° Century chateau rises straight from the rock and dominates superb hanging gardens where pools and lakes have kept all their charm.
On the other hand the chateau, which was demolished in 1730 and rebuilt many times over has, unfortunately a lot less character.
Today it is an elderly persons nursing home and hosts visiting foreign delegations.
Walk round the old village and you won't fail to notice the extremely beautiful, delicately sculpted bell tower atop the church..
Wander further and you'll chance upon the ancient washing areas with their stones polished down the ages which have helped keep Lauris an authentic village with a lot of charm.
What to see
XVIII° C. Chateau (private, no visits).
Gardens, terraces and pools in the grounds of the chateau.
Parish church ND de la Purification with its beautiful campanile.
Classified Organs from the XIX°C, paintings, shrines.
Saint Roch Chapel.
Market, Monday a.m. Walking.
Hiking and Mountain Biking.
Fishing. Tennis. Horse riding.
PÃ©tanque. Skate-board area.
Healthy trail in the Roquefraiche wood (1,8 Km).
Antiques fair, whitsun Saturday.
1st Saturday in February, Candlemas and wine fair.
Opera, last fortnight in August.
Fete the 1st Sunday in August (...and the following days...!).
Bed and breakfast.
Vacation rentals. Gites.