"Saignon: An Unknown Treasure in the Luberons" Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do Tip by kucha

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  Central Square in Saignon
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      Central Square in Saignon
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      A View of the Saignon Abbey
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      A Panorama of the Village
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Saignon is a peaceful little village that has been populated since prehistorica times and that you can explore by foot. This village is perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley.

When you first arrive in the town, you will climb (in your car) to the top of the plateau, on which the town sits. You can park at the top near the town hall. Opposite the town hall you will see a very pretty 12th century Roman church.

While walking through the narrow streets you will discover ancient fountains, picturesque shady squares and beautiful old houses with intricate doorways and colorful window shutters.

There is easy access to the rock of Saignon and it is worth the short climb to the top of the rock where there is a fabulous panoramic view of the plains and the Luberon mountain range. If the weather is good -- as it was for us -- you can see Mont Ventoux, the Lure mountain, the Alpes de Haute Provence and even the heights of Avignon!

Thanks to its location on the high plateau, Saignon played a key defensive role for the town of Apt, attacked through the centuries by numerous invasions.

Saignon is still relatively unknown so you can appreciate the beauty of the countryside and discover delightful walking trails in the surroundings and around Mont Luberon.

We passed several small (tiny, actually) bed and breakfasts in the town that no doubt (due to its relatively unknown stature) provide reasonably-priced rooms in a great location!

Address: Off the N100
Directions: Just east of Apt, off the N100 -- you will see well-marked routes and many signs

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2006
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