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Check Out Chateau de Lourmarin

Post by Sharat | December 21, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Check Out Chateau de Lourmarin

The Chateau de Lourmarin is a castle that sits on the very edge of a village that bears its name and is located towards the South of the Luberon Regional Natural Park. The castle has an unusual layout. Typically when you visit a village in Luberon, the castle or what is left of it, is located at the centre of the village, with the village developing around the castle. This is not the case with Chateau de Lourmarin.

Visit the castle

It is very easy to locate the castle because you can quite clearly see it from Lourmarin village from where it is only a short walk. As you start to get closer to the castle you will come across an olive plantation filled without about 250 trees that were first planted back in 1930 to redesign the landscape. Upon your entry into the castle you will find a pond which is surrounded by flowers and is very pretty. The castle does not feature an extensive garden area, nevertheless it is still very attractive.

Wonderful architecture

When you pass through the courtyard you will see it is an excellent example of renaissance architecture. Make sure to check out the stonework around the windows and doors to get a sense of the design. When you visit Chateau de Lourmarin you will really appreciate the its 16th century architecture and as you tour you will visit a number of large rooms containing fireplaces, paintings and furniture that date back as far as the 15th century. The castle’s most interesting feature is its spiral staircase as well as the spectacular view of Lourmarin village.

Things to do for the kids

If you want to avoid paying, then there is still plenty to see outside the castle. If however you want to go inside to view the rooms, courtyard and staircase it will cost you 7 Euros. It takes about 40 minutes to see the whole building and if you are with children then there are games from them to play which is useful since it is unlikely that a spiral staircase will impress them! The castle is open all year round, with the exception of December 25th and January 1st.

Château de Lourmarin by Salva Barbera, on Flickr

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