16 kilometers from Apt, Lacoste is one of the prettiest hilltop villages in the Luberon. It offers a remarkable view up to Mont Ventoux and has retained its authentic medieval character. We come to Lacoste to discover its historical heritage and the castle of a famous marquis…
What makes this village special?
What a pleasure to take a break in this picturesque place! The winding cobbled streets are lined with old buildings in such a state of preservation that they give the impression that time has stood still. Lacoste is a charming labyrinth where it is pleasant to stroll and admire, at the bend of an alley, a beautiful old house restored and decorated with flowers. The charm operates at every step!
Lacoste is also renowned for its art school founded in the 1970s by the American painter Bernard Pfriem. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) welcomes students in photography, advertising, architecture, and film. It is therefore always lively, even in winter!
The village remains known to have been the place where the Marquis de Sade stayed, when, in 1771, he came to take refuge in the castle which belonged to his grandfather to flee Paris and the scandals caused by his erotic writings and his libertine morals. . The remains and quarries of the castle are now a huge open-air performance space hosting a festival dedicated to cinema, theater, dance and opera every summer, created by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who died in 2020.
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