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"Ansouis" Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do Tip by kucha

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do: 208 reviews and 403 photos

  The chateau
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  • The chateau - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
      The chateau
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  • The Entrance to the Chateau - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
      The Entrance to the Chateau
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  • Tiny, Winding Streets of Ansouis - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
      Tiny, Winding Streets of Ansouis
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  • Colorful Shutters of Ansouis - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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  • The Chateau of Ansouis - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
      The Chateau of Ansouis
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This is an out-of-the-way little town, perched high on a hill in the Luberon, that many people miss. It's interesting because of its beautiful chateau that has been in the hands of the same family for hundreds of years (the Sabran family) and becasue of a pretty little chapel and a tiny, funky, musueum devoted to sea life ... of all things. The town has been dominated (if that is the right word) by the Sabran family for so long that the people do not even celebrate Bastille Day, choosing instead to honor the day of the patron saint of the Sabran's.

Paying a visit to this town makes sense if you are anywhere in the area and it works really well as part of a circuit of the Luberon Drive, which takes you through gorgeous cliffs and picturesque tiny towns throughout south-central Provence.

Make sure to check a guidebook for the times to tour the chateau, which is really a must if you're in town, as it took two trips for us to get there on the right day. The gardens of the chateau are really amazing -- like entering another world -- as are several of the grandly decorated interior rooms. Also, the town itself is cute -- full of tiny streets dotted with boutiques and artists' workshops. As you walk about, you can enjoy the village square shaded by plane trees or take in the local atmosphere with a cup of coffee at the terrace of a local cafe.

Address: South of Apt or North of Aix on the D56.
Directions: 22 km. north of Aix en Provence by route D556 to Pertuis, then take D56.

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  • Written Jul 6, 2006
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