Provence is one of the most picturesque regions of the South of France; known for its vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and orchards. Saignon is found in the Luberon, perched on the top of a hill against a 30 metre high rock with three imposing castles. These castles, along with two towers and a keep, are represented on the village coat of arms and in times past served as a defensive post for the nearby town of Apt.
Explore this peaceful village by foot and discover old houses with carved doorways, ancient fountains and wash basins and cafés in shady squares for a cold beverage.
The 12th century Romanesque Church was used as a stopping point by Provençal and Italian pilgrims taking the Via Domitia route to Italy. The nearby 11th century Benedictine Abbey is now used for public events.
- The 12th century Romanesque Notre-Dame de Pitié churchThe 11th century Benedictine St-Eusèbe Abbey
- The olive oil mill
- The bishop’s palace and its belfry
- The washhouse with three basins – fountains
- The castle ruins
- Potager d’un Curieux (The eccentric’s Vegetable garden)
- Corinne Détroyat offers garden workshops around Easter time
- The summer festivals
- Hiking, cycling, horse riding in the Luberon National Park
Sade de Marquis castle
Home to Peter Mayle
Stunning perched town, Neolithic settlement, Sénanque Abbey
Au Petit Bistro, Saignon
How to get there
- Train: Avignon (1:15 mins)
- Plane: Avignon (50 mins) Marseille (1:25 mins)
- Car: See map
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