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Ansouis, Luberon

Discover Ansouis, located in the south of the Luberon massif, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The town is a hilltop village in Provence. Visit the renaissance castle of Ansouis, stroll through the alleys of this fabulous village.

What makes this Village special

Facing the Luberon, perched on its rock, the village of Ansouis is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Village perched in the pure tradition of the Luberon, Ansouis seduces with its charm steeped in history. To visit this place, a member of the “most beautiful villages in France”, is to go on a journey through time.


Imagine the life of the ladies and lords of the Middle Ages as you stroll through its 1000-year-old castle, the heart of a village-fortress which is one of the most authentic in Provence. Several places in the village bear witness to a habitat dating from the Gallo-Roman era: a castrum in the Middle Ages undoubtedly succeeds an oppidum, but which has not been determined. From 1261 there is evidence of a strong construction.


Ansouis was first a possession of the house of Forcalquier, and returns to the family of Sabran from the 12th century, by marriage and by natural succession. In 1178, Raymond 1er de Sabran married Gersende, Sovereign Countess of Forcalquier and of Nice. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Sabran donated some goods to the monks of Saint-André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.


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


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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is a French association created in 1982 to promote the tourist arguments of small rural towns with a rich heritage of quality. As of September 24, 2016, it had 155 members ( communes or villages depending on a commune).

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