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Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt - 1745
Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt - 1747
Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt - 1748

Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Luberon

9 kilometers from Apt, on the southern slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse, this medieval village, built on a rocky outcrop, offers a breathtaking panorama of the Luberon, the Alpilles and the Monts de Vaucluse. All around, an environment of scrubland and forests reminds you that you are in the South. This agricultural town steeped in history is really worth the detour.

What makes this village special?

The discovery of Saint-Saturnin is a real delight. In the heart of the village, you can admire superb ornamental doors, some of which are listed as historical monuments, fountains, the best known being that known as "du Matheron", a house with caryatids adorned with a balcony with Atlanteans, and washhouses. The Saint-Étienne church, rebuilt in 1862, is characterized by its slender line, its refined style and its octagonal bell tower. Admire the magnificent rose window, above the door, which is used to illuminate the interior.

You can also contemplate one of the four windmills in operation from the 17th century. This functioned until the end of the 19th century. Going up to the castle, we discover the remains of the primitive village surrounded by ramparts, the keep and the castle chapel, from 1056, and the dam created in 1863, a real water reserve for the inhabitants of the village.

The weekly market takes place on Tuesday morning. It's time to sample local specialties, including cherries, olives and wine, and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Hiking enthusiasts will be able to explore the surroundings thanks to the many free access trails. The Aiguiers trail is one of the most beautiful: it allows you to discover, between plain and mountains, cisterns dug in the rock, used to collect rainwater, hamlets and to admire the pretty colors of the flowers, many on the way.

Finally, a visit to the gardens of the Château de Bourgane, created in 1750 around a bastide, will delight nature lovers. They will stroll there along large paths lined with trees and boxwood and will come across, here and there, a grove, an enclosed garden and ponds, fountains, locks and water games, a pleasure garden , an orchard and a vegetable garden. A very pleasant place where harmony and serenity reign.


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