People have lived in Lauris for thousands of years, drawn to its enviable position on the crest of a dramatic ridge. Nowadays, it makes a wonderful spot for a country retreat in the south of France. Live like lord and lady of the manor at your luxury boutique hotel. Or set out and wander through landscapes scented with herbs and lavender. After days out exploring, sample Luberon wine and famed Provencal cuisine. It’s time to unwind, and savour the finer things in life.
A tranquil medieval village resting high above Durance Valley, Provence.
Things to do
With its terracotta rooftops and brightly shuttered houses, Lauris seems to have changed little in centuries. As you stroll through the streets, look out for the intricate, wrought iron bell tower on top of the chapel. Then explore the intriguing Jardin on the Château de Lauris terrace, which boasts soaring views across Durance Valley. If you can tear your gaze away, you’ll find a renowned collection of plants and flowers, historically used as natural pigments for artists’ paints.
Set right in the heart of the Luberon AOC, Lauris makes a wonderful starting point for discovering some of Provence’s best wines. Rich reds and crisp whites have been made here for generations. And many of the vineyards, including Domaine de Fontenille, date back centuries. Take a tasting tour at the House of Truffles and Wine in the Luberon regional park to sample the region’s finest vintages.
Your luxury hotel in Lauris is a wonderful starting point for exploring more of Provence. Stroll around the foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire. Seek out picture-perfect hilltop towns such as Saint Saturnin les Apt, home to a 13th-century priory. Or visit the famous lavender fields of Aix en Provence, before settling in to one of the cafés lining Cours Mirabeau promenade.
Provence is also home to some wild, rugged landscapes. Pack a picnic and venture to the dramatic Verdon Gorges for hikes set against inspiring views.
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