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Cabrières-d'Avignon, Luberon

At the crossroads of the Vaucluse and Luberon mountains, Cabrières-d'Avignon is a charming village surrounded by cedar forests, typically Provençal with its dry stone houses and its walls that line the narrow roads. Very picturesque and preserved, it has retained its character with its many peasant dwellings which have now been renovated and converted into luxury holiday homes.

What makes this village special?

Cabrières is a name which means “land of goats” in Provençal. The village will take its final name in 1918. It is a pleasant place because it is never invaded by tourists. Apart from the dry stone houses, Cabrières has pretty fountains lit up at night. The Saint-Vincent church is of Romanesque origin, the castle dates from the 12th century and was rebuilt at several times. It cannot be visited and is admired from the outside.

There remains a rampart built in the mountains of Vaucluse to protect the Comtat Venaissin from the Great Plague which struck Marseille and Provence in 1720-1722. It stretched for 27 kilometers and was built of dry stone, with sentry boxes to accommodate the guards.

A hike is proposed from the village: you have to take a path that runs along the 6 kilometers that remain of the famous "wall of the plague" between Cabrières and Lagnes, the opportunity to marvel at landscapes of rare beauty.

The surrounding countryside is dotted with small circular stone huts called 'bories' believed to date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Some would be used today by shepherds and hunters, others have been restored to become sumptuous houses.

The surrounding 5 hectares of cedar forest offer lovely shaded walks. Gordes is only 7 kilometers from Cabrières-d'Avignon. Sénanque Abbey is an important tourist stop, especially in June because you can take a famous photo of the region there: the abbey and its lavender fields (in June).


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