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Lavish Lacoste

Post by Sharat | September 21, 2018 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Lavish Lacoste

Lacoste is a small but pretty Provencal village that is best know for serving as home to the castle of the Marquis de Sade that overlooks the village. If you are driving to Lacoste, then there are plenty of parking options. The best place to keep your car is in the free car park that is near the village tourist office. When you visit the tourist office you will see that nearby is the Church of Saint-Trophine which has retained some of its original Roman style.

Stone gateway

You should take your time and explore the old village of Lacoste. You should begin by walking up the hill from the village centre to its original stone gateway. The gateway was constructed during the 14th century but then rebuilt two centuries later and was renamed La Porte de La Garde. When you pass through the entrance you will hit upon a narrow-cobbled street that winds its way through the village.

The main attraction

The street is Lacoste’s main attraction because it is largely unspoilt and no extensive renovation. This means nearly every building is eye catching giving you an authentic feeling of wandering through a village as it was centuries ago. As you wander through the village make sure to check out the belfry and bell tower. As you eventually reach the top of the village, you will find the track narrowing until you reach the castle that overlooks Lacoste.

The Marquis de Sade

From the castle there are some amazing views to be had and as we said in the introduction it used to be the home of the Marquis de Sade. For those of you who need an introduction, he was an 18th century author who was imprisoned for his writings which promoting sexual deviance and from whose name the word sadism is derived. The castle funnily enough is now owned by Pierre Cardin. It is occasionally used to host events and displays and apparently during the summer is open to the public.

Some nearby attractions

If you head back to Lacoste’s lower part you can exit the historical part of town and wander along the main road where there is a café and terrace that has some lovely views across the valley. If you want the natural regional Park of Luberon is near by filled with quaint villages set against a backdrop of lovely countryside. If you have the time check out Gordes in particular which is arguably one of France’s loveliest villages and is not far away from Lacoste.

Lacoste by Shadowgate, on Flickr

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