Lourmarin is among the most popular villages in Provence, and with good reason. In the southern Vaucluse, its winning hand of assets includes a mild Mediterranean-style climate, a lively year-round cultural programme at its Château, an amazing number of excellent bars and restaurants, and decent bus connections to Aix en Provence, Cavaillon, Apt and Pertuis.

Lourmarin general viewOh yes and, as if all that weren't enough, Lourmarin also happens to be one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, or Most Beautiful Villages of France.

But, over and above a lovely setting and a couple of notable sights, it's a more indefinable savoir vivre that makes this sophisticated, liberal community so favoured by tourists, second-home owners and expatriates.

Read all about it in our village guide below, as well as about the beautiful Ferme de Gerbaud herb farm just outside Lourmarin. And click here for reviews of Le Moulin de Lourmarin, an 18th century olive oil mill turned boutique hotel, and L'Antiquaire restaurant.

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Lourmarin streetLourmarin sits prettily in a combe, or valley, separating the Grand Luberon mountains from the Petit Luberon. On sunny days, its golden stone glows against a swathe of green, marshy land watered by the Aigues Brun brook.

Paula at Ferme de Gerbaud herb farm LourmarinTucked in a beautiful hidden valley just outside Lourmarin, the Gerbaud herb farm offers fascinating guided walks through wild countryside, with insights into everything to do with herbes de Provence along the way.

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