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Pretty Cucuron

Post by Sharat | January 21, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Pretty Cucuron

Cucuron is a small village that is extremely attractive and located in Provence. The village sits against a backdrop of exceptional scenery just below what is left of a castle that was built during the 14th century. Between the 15th and 17th centuries Curacon had a population of 3,000 and was very busy, however with the outbreak of the plague in 1720, more than 1,000 villagers died causing irreparable damage to the village’s economy from which it never fully recovered.

Exploring Cucuron

There are three gateways that serve as entrances to the village and when you visit you will pass through one of them. They were meant to serve as fortifications for the old town and along with the castle, they dominate the layout of Cucuron. Though the towers are not particular impressive, they are very interesting and offer some fabulous views of the village and its surrounding countryside. It is best to start your visit at one of the towers and finish at the other, taking the whole village in along your journey.

The village centre

The village centre is in Place Maurice Taron which lies smack bang in between both towers. The village houses are quite lovely and there are some extremely interesting buildings such as the Hotel Bérard de Roure, the Maison des Consulsand the Maison de la Reine Jeanne. Other tourist attractions in the village include its clock tower and the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Beaulieu which dates back to the 13th century. There are also a number of traditional stone fountains and wash-houses that you will see as you explore the centre of town.

Visit the pond and the museum

If you head towards the Northern part of the village and go past its fortifications you will find a man-made pond that was built during the 19th century to serve as a replacement to a natural pond that used to occupy the same location. The pond is surrounded by cafés and shady trees and it is actually the liveliest part of town. If you need a reminder that there has been a settlement at Cucuron since prehistoric times visit the Museum Marc-Deydier which sits in a very beautiful townhouse that dates back to the 18th century. There you will be to see some artefacts that date back from Roman and Neolithic times. If you are visiting Provence take the time out to pay a visit to Cucuron.

l’Étang à Cucuron By Salva Barbera, on Flickr

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