It's difficult to stay at Mas de La Lombarde, located in the Luberon national park, without taking the liberty of a little excursion to Cassis, renowned for its >calanques. A geological marvel, the creeks offer an astonishing landscape made of limestone cliffs and coves, over around twenty kilometers of coastline. A nature sanctuary, the Calanques National Park is home to protected animal and plant species, to be discovered on foot or by boat. Two different modes of discovery, for panoramas that are just as different.
Village provençal d’exception
Le Mas de la Lombarde, charming guest house with swimming pool, is located in the small village of Puyvert in the South Luberon, just two short kilometers from Lourmarin, considered a of the most beautiful villages in France. It is the ideal place to discover the culinary riches of Provence. With its Renaissance castle, its belfry, its Romanesque church and its Protestant temple, Lourmarin is full of heritage and architectural riches. Churchill and General De Gaulle visited there. Henri Bosco and Albert Camus found part of their inspiration there. The two writers rest there forever. Near Lourmarin, don't miss the villages of Lacoste, Lauris and Puget, which are also worth at least one stop.
Between sea and nature The Calanques National Park
Parties, Music and Conviviality The festivals
The famous French DJ, Laurent Garnier, found peace and quiet in Lourmarin, and he pays him back. Since 2013, the artist has organized the Yeah festival! with a stage set up at the castle. Festival-goers are not mistaken, the event was voted best micro festival in France. To be discovered at the beginning of June.
Lourmarin has become a stronghold of classical music with its now famous Summer Music Festival. From July to October, renowned artists come to perform on the terrace, or inside the castle. For a few weeks, the piano and the violin are kings.
Marseille is known for its lilting accent, its Old Port, its Bonne Mère and its famous avenue, “La Canebière”. In an hour's drive, you will be in the heart of the center of the Cité Phocéenne and you will be able to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the region. On the terrace of a café, observe the incessant coming and going of ships returning to port. In a restaurant, taste the famous bouillabaisse. At the top of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Cathedral, discover all of Marseille!
The city of a thousand fountains Aix en Provence
Less than 40 minutes are enough to reach Aix-en-Provence and its historic center. Lose yourself in the maze of its cobbled streets, you will come across a small artisan boutique, an atypical café or a bar with a festive atmosphere. Don't miss the Rotonde, the Cours Mirabeau, the Mazarin Quarter, the Calisson, the Mémorial des Milles and the Granet Museum.
The Careers of Lights The Baux de Provence
Les Baux-de-Provence is part of the landscapes and villages of the Alpilles which inspired Vincent Van Gogh. In this green nature, these villages seem to have stopped time to offer you an exceptional walk in the heart of their old town. At the Beaux de Provence, don't miss the Carrières de Lumières, an immersive sound and light show. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Eygalières and Fontvieille are also worth a detour
The Theater Capital Avignon
In about sixty kilometers, you will be in Avignon, the Capital of Theater. Every year, one of the largest contemporary live performance events in the world is held there. Go to the Pont d'Avignon, then cross the city ramparts to discover its historic center and its numerous monuments: the Palace of the Popes, Place Pie, the Petit Palais Museum, the Saint-Martial Chapel and many others.