Listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France", Lourmarin nestles in the middle of vinyards, olive groves and almond trees.
Very lively in summer thanks to its many café terraces, restaurants and Provencal shops, Lourmarin is one of the flagship villages of the Luberon Nature Park.
There is a 15th and 16thc, castle that has peculiar stairs to see and magnificent apartments to admire (only the Renaissance part of the castle is open to the public).
In the village you will notice the typical Mediterranean architecture in its winding narrow streets, lovely old restored houses, and well shaded public squares where you can immerse youself in the gentil Provencal ambience.
The inhabitants will want to remind you that Albert Camus, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, lived and wrote here. In fact he was buried in the Lourmarin cemetary.
In such esthetic surroundings and s lively an atmosphere, it is really the place to be in the Luberon in the summer months.
What to see
"Boite a Sel" belfry. Romanesque church St. Andre.
Listed temple. Villa Medicis de Provence Castle (16th c.).
Provencal bastides (16th, 18th c.).
Friday morning market.
Hiking. Horseback riding. Mountain biking.
Swimming pool. Tennis. Archery. Minigolf.
Fishing in the Durance (4km.).
Summer events: Theater, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, local fairs.
Bed and breakfast
5 spacious bed and breakfast (including a guest rooms with kitchenette) each with separated access in a XVIII°C house with pool surrounded by 12ha of vineyards, olive trees and orchards. 700m from the village
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT LOURMARIN.
Here are different questions we received about the village of Lourmarin. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have other requests.
WHAT TO DO IN LOURMARIN ?
There are many things to do in Lourmarin. First of all, the tradition is to stroll in the small streets of the village center and to stroll in the various stores of local products (lavender, herbs of Provence...), of interior decoration and in the galleries of many artists. We stop to have a drink in one of the numerous cafés with terrace of the village. Then we go up in the lanes of Lourmarin, we pass in front of the house of Albert Camus, we go to see the wash-house which was recently renovated and from the top of the village, we have a very beautiful sight on the castle of Lourmarin and on the chain of Lubéron. After having eaten in one of the many excellent restaurants of Lourmarin, we will visit the castle of Lourmarin: the guides are excellent and retrace with pedagogy the medieval and modern history of the village of Lourmarin. In season, there are many shows in the courtyard of the castle (concerts, open-air cinema, theater...) and animations in the heart of the village. The cemetery of Lourmarin at the exit of the village towards Lauris is also a place of pilgrimage for the admirers of Albert Camus, the popular tradition is to deposit a small pen on his grave.
WHEN IS THE MARKET OF LOURMARIN ?
The market of Lourmarin takes place every Friday morning from 8 am to 1 pm. It is a beautiful market with many local producers that takes place throughout the year. During the summer, it is advisable to go to the Lourmarin market early in the morning, as the tourist crowds are large and the beauty of the market is best enjoyed between 8 and 9:30 am. Also be careful with parking in Lourmarin on market days. It is better to park at the entrance of the village and walk the last few meters rather than trying to find a place near the market.
IS IT PLEASANT TO LIVE IN LOURMARIN ALL YEAR ROUND ?
Lourmarin is a beautiful village in all seasons. While the village is very popular in the summer, this allows the local businesses to thrive and remain open all year round. If you like Provencal villages, if you don't mind the crowds in the summer, and if you can afford it because it's a very popular village, living in Lourmarin all year round is very pleasant.