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Things to do in Ménerbes

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From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

1. From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

Your first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse where you will be charmed by the biggest French spring. Spontaneous stops at poppy fields on the way are included (in season). Next, enjoy strolling through the streets of the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, where you can admire the play of warm light on the dry stone walls. Move then on to Roussillon and observe all the different shades of the ochre by wandering along the Ochre Trail (entrance fee not included - 3€/adult) and the colored roads of the village. Then, walk on the streets of Ménerbes, the fortified hilltop village that inspired Peter Mayle to write his most successful novel "One Year in Provence".

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

2. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape followed by wine tastings at two different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône River valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. In the afternoon, discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Enjoy a photo stop at Pont Julien with a history dating from Roman times. Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Conclude the tour with free time in the dry-stone-built hilltop village of Gordes.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

3. From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

Spend an afternoon discovering the Luberon region's most charming villages. Depart from Avignon in an air-conditioned minibus and explore the picturesque villages of Lacoste, Ménerbes, Roussillon, and Gordes with a guide. From the meeting point in Avignon, set off to the village of Lacoste, once the residence of the Marquis de Sade, for a photo stop. Then, continue to Ménerbes, a village that became famous due to Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Enjoy free time to discover the village. From April 1st, the visit to the village of Menerbes will be replaced by various photo stops of the must-see landscape of Luberon during the tour. On the way to Roussillon, take a look at the Roman bridge Pont Julien, one of the numerous Roman remains in Provence. Arrive in Roussillon and admire how the village is built at the top of an ochre cliff, as well as the ochre-washed façades of its buildings. Next, head toward Gordes, another village erected on the top of a cliff, and discover its fortified castle and church. See the village's typical houses, built from the rock on which they stand, before returning to Avignon.

From Avignon: Full-Day Experience in Luberon with Lunch

4. From Avignon: Full-Day Experience in Luberon with Lunch

Take full advantage of the slower pace of life in Provence and take your time on your Luberon tour from Avignon. Laze about and experience the quiet life in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its quaint antique shops. Have a stroll in Gordes, widely celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and take in a panoramic view of the Luberon. Snap photos at Senanque Abbey in its lavender surroundings in bloom. Marvel at the perched village of Menerbes. Have a leisurely lunch in a Provencal restaurant, pairing the wines expertly with your food. Explore the famous Luberon village of Roussillon - its passionate red houses and ochre textures will inspire you.

From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Luberon

5. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Luberon

Embark on a tour to several villages from Aix-en-Provence. Stop at several picturesque villages and admire the fantastic scenery. Depart from Aix-en-Provence by minivan and first drive to Cassis and Cape Canaille. Spend some free time strolling through the charming fisherman port of Cassis, before stopping to admire the views of the highest seaside cliff in Europe, Cape Canaille. Next, continue north to the Massif du Luberon, known for its many quaint villages. First, discover the village of Lourmarin famous for its Renaissance-style castle. Enjoy a photo stop in Bonnieux, followed by a visit to the colorful village of Roussillon, where the houses are painted with ochre. Stroll in the medieval village of Gordes, a scenic village perched on a steep hilltop. Afterward, be returned to the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

6. From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

Explore the Alpilles and Luberon regional parks in this half-day trip from Avignon. Focusing on a fusion of cultural heritage and natural beauty, you'll discover your own mini "year in Provence" within the space of a mere few hours with these twin attractions. Admire the panoramic view of the Alpilles from the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. Visit the Luberon and its precariously perched villages, along with Gordes, listed among "the most beautiful villages in France". Lest we forget Roussillon with its red houses and ochre textures. Final stop will be a fab photo opp at famous Senanque Abbey.

From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

7. From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

Visit the French regional national park of the Luberon and the typical Provençal villages perched atop cliffs that Peter Mayle described so well in his popular books about life in Provence. Your driver/guide is experienced and knowledgeable and will help ensure that this half-day tour is a memorable one! Wander along the narrow streets of Gordes, admire the ochre-red façades of Roussillon and stop to see the magnificent Abbey of Sénanque, surrounded with lavender fields in bloom during the summer (15 June to 15 August). On the tour you’ll make stops in Ménerbes and Lacoste to admire these typical Provençal villages as well.

From Aix-en-Provence: Sidecar Beer and Wine Full-Day Tour

8. From Aix-en-Provence: Sidecar Beer and Wine Full-Day Tour

On this day trip from Aix-en-Provence your guide will drive you across Montagne Sainte Victoire, where you will stop for a swim in an idyllic mountain lake. Next, you'll see the limestone cliffs of Gorge du Verdon, before tasting exquisite regional produce from a lakeside brewery and a wine estate in Luberon. After setting off in the sidecar of a classic motorcycle, your adventure will take you into the winding mountain roads of Montagne Sainte Victoire. This breathtaking ridge inspired a well-known painting series by local artist Paul Cézanne. Next stop is one of two idyllic lakes - Lac d'Esparron or Lac de Sainte Croix - where you can dive into the glorious turquoise waters. Then, after drying off, you will hop back in the sidecar to see the magnificent limestone canyon of Gorges du Verdon - one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Then, the hill-top drive will continue to a brewery nestled on the edge of a lake at an altitude of over 500m. A range of 6 beers awaits your palette: including the Hibiscus rosé, Blanche calisson, the original blonde, or the famous Triple. The last stop on your unique adventure will be a visit to a wine estate in the heights of the Luberon. Here, you will sample fine wines from the regional produce while taking in the panoramic views from the heart of the Prealps in southern Provence.

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What people are saying about Ménerbes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 514 reviews

Veronica is very friendly, informative and funny, and also an excellent driver! The trip includes four beautiful villages - Vaucluse, Gorde, Rousillon and Menerbes, plus Notre Dame de Senanque Abbey which is famous for its lavender fields in summer (went there in September thus not in bloom, but still it was stunning and tranquil). These four villages are well picked because they show different sides of Luberon, Provence, and also each one is quite small so the time Veronica reserved for each village was quite enough for strolling around and taking some cool pictures.

Excellent day spent with Nicolas, our very friendly guide. We might just like to spend a little more time in the village of Roussillon. It is difficult to both go on the ocher path and visit the village, for lack of time. We have very fond memories of that day. Good luck to our guide. Christiane and Thomas

We enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide Pierre was very friendly and knowledgable and the transport comfortable. It is a good introduction to the beautiful villages of Provence.

More than enchanted by this visit, beautiful sites, full of memories in mind and in photos, and our driver Jérôme was an excellent guide. Cheer

Excellent informative and enjoyable! Great host too.