Discover Ansouis, located south of the Luberon massif, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The town is a hilltop village in Provence. Visit its Renaissance castle, its museums, and its church and do not hesitate to get lost in the alleys of this fabulous village to live a timeless experience.

What makes this village special?

Facing The Luberon, on its rock, the perched village of Ansouis seduces with its charm and its history. To visit this place is to take an incredible journey through time.

Imagine the life of medieval ladies and lords as you explore this 1,000-year-old castle, the heart of a village-fortress that is one of the most authentic in Provence. Several places testify to a habitat dating from the Gallo-Roman era: a castrum, in the Middle Ages, probably succeeded an oppidum. From 1261, there is in any case the trace of a fortified construction.

Ansouis was first a possession of the house of Forcalquier, and returned to the Sabran family from the 12th century, by marriage and by natural succession. In 1178, Raymond I of Sabran married Gersende, Sovereign Countess of Forcalquier and Nice. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Sabrans donated some property to the monks of Saint-André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

The Renaissance castle was saved from abandonment in the 1930s by wealthy antique enthusiasts. Today, the building and its gardens exude the authenticity and charm of yesteryear.

Above all, don't miss the Museum of Wine Arts and Crafts, at Château Turcan, near the village, to find out all about the work in the vineyard, the oenology laboratory, cooperage, glassware and wine service. An unforgettable experience !

Distinctions and labels of the village:

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Getting to Ansouis

By Air

Nearest Airports:
Marseille Provence Airport (MRS): The closest major airport, about 58 kilometers (36 miles) from Ansouis.
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE): Approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles) away, offering more international flights.

By Train

From Paris:
TGV (High-Speed Train): Take a TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Aix-en-Provence TGV station. The journey takes about 3 hours.
From Marseille:
Regional Train: Take a train from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

By Car

From Marseille:
Take the A51 motorway north towards Aix-en-Provence.
Follow signs for Pertuis, then take the D973 and D27 roads towards Ansouis.
From Aix-en-Provence:
Drive north on the D556 road towards Pertuis, then take the D973 and D27 roads towards Ansouis.

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Useful information about Ansouis

Geography and Climate

Location: Ansouis is situated approximately 30 km north of Aix-en-Provence and about 10 km southeast of Lourmarin.
Climate: The village enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Historical and Cultural Significance

History: Ansouis has a rich history dating back to the medieval period. The village is known for its well-preserved architecture and historical buildings.
Château d'Ansouis: The centerpiece of the village is the Château d'Ansouis, a castle that dates back to the 10th century. It has been beautifully restored and is open to the public for tours.
Church of Saint Martin: Another significant historical site is the Church of Saint Martin, which showcases Romanesque architecture.

Attractions and Activities

Wineries: The surrounding region is known for its vineyards, and visitors can enjoy wine tasting at local wineries.
Scenic Walks: Ansouis offers picturesque landscapes, making it ideal for hiking and leisurely walks through the countryside.
Cultural Events: The village hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating local traditions and crafts.
Dining: The village features a selection of traditional Provençal restaurants and cafes, offering local cuisine and specialties.
Local Markets: Visitors can experience local produce and artisan goods at weekly markets held in the village.


Transportation: Ansouis is accessible by car, with the nearest major highway being the A51. Public transportation options are limited, so renting a car is advisable for visitors.
Local Economy
Agriculture: The economy of Ansouis largely revolves around agriculture, particularly wine production, olive oil, and lavender.
Tourism: Tourism is a significant contributor to the local economy, with many visitors drawn to the village's historical charm and natural beauty.

Nearby Attractions

Lourmarin: A nearby village known for its Renaissance castle and vibrant cultural scene.
Aix-en-Provence: A larger city offering a wide range of cultural, historical, and shopping experiences.

Tips for Visitors

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Ansouis is during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the village is less crowded.
Local Etiquette: Embrace the relaxed pace of life in the village and respect local customs and traditions.

Ansouis offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for those looking to experience the quintessential charm of Provence.

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