Discover the best top things to do in Apt, France including Mines de Bruoux, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt, The Bellevue rock, Colorado Provencal, Tapiezo, Golf Pitch 130, Sun-E-Bike, Provence Hipposervices, Eglise Notre-Dame de Pitie, Chausee des Geants.
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4.5 based on 591 reviews
Don your hardhat and walk these hand-dug halls of ochre (and mushroom farming! Who knew?). This extraordinary space is networked with tunnels that are 2-3 storeys tall ... like a Cathedral, with vaulted arches imbued with the yellowish red of ochre and, in places, pooled with water that reflects in shimmering waves on the walls and ceilings like an enchanted grotto. So cool. Knowledgeable guides (some tours available in English) can tell you the history of this type of mining and its importance to the locals who worked here. Poor guys ... the telltale yellow stain on their clothes and skin was a warning sign to single girls at the local dances. They didn't want to dance with the boys who would make so little and die so young. This site is a testament to their skill, their courage, and their perseverance.
4.5 based on 146 reviews
Every traveler's priorities differ, but if you are looking for a gem off the beaten path, I highly recommend visiting St-Saturnin-les-Apt. We counted this in the same category as Saignon, a small peaceful village worthy of exploration and devoid of tourist traffic flow. I'm not a tourist snob, I just find it interesting to still find deserted enclaves amidst popular regions. The village can easily be explored within 15 minutes, and you can stop into one of the few cafes where owners seem not to speak a bit of English- which I absolutely love. Seek out the little cafe with the terrier named Mistral; he embodies a true Frenchman's reincarnated temperament, and kept us in stitches as he followed us out and about the village.
As for the 12th century ruins that sit above the village- truly worth the detour to stop and explore. The church remains intact, and sadly, closed, but the exploring the ruins and enjoying the views quickly make you forget your disappointment. We found adequate parking at the base of the hill, which centered us for walking through the village as well as walking to the ruin. If looking for a terrific outdoor lunch with stupendous views before or after this visit, I recommend the outdoor restaurant at the posh resort, Domaine des Andeols aptly named for the large plane tree, "Le Platane", or Sous Le Plantane. It's located a few miles outside of the village. Very relaxing and the view is everything you imagined Provence to be- rolling hills, lavender, herbs, and cherry trees surrounding you.
4.5 based on 48 reviews
A great viewing platform to see 360 degree views across the Luberon region. We came up here during the afternoon and then also again in the evening to watch the sunset. What beautiful views across the sunflower fields, lavender fields and vineyards. An easy climb.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Had gone to Roussillon prior to this disappointing outing. The trails are poorly marked not nearly the beauty of the Ochres of Rousillon, Much more of a difficult hike , and less rewarding.
5 based on 205 reviews
Tapiezo offers abstract constructions based on universal symbols with sans and pigment of Roussillon in Provence. Recognized by the ACADEMIE des ARTS SCIENCES et LETTRES de PARIS. From an algebra known to all and the mysterious hieroglyphs and doors, structured buildings, an original interpretation. A poetic imagination. A work beyond time. A soothing work of art."Tapiezo, a master of happy wisdom. Tapiezo is the new Picasso." It's in these terms that Jean Lacouture speaks of the artist. Tapiezo's recognition is unanimous. He's in the courtyard of the great painters. To discover in the gallery of the contemporary artist Tapiezo - Roussillon in Provence - Luberon Vaucluse - Values Drouot - Akoun - Artprice A french writter, Jacques Salome says : "Enter into an extraordinary poetic universe that fills you with joy and fullness." Tapiezo's works bring good luck."
First of all, he is happy and he loves children. His art is unique and beautiful. I love that he takes the substrate (literally) around him and blends on canvas to make something amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit - well worth the 45 min drive out of our way to see the town and meet the artist. Highly, highly recommend.
4 based on 10 reviews
A young golf course, located in a former quarry:
- Great view
- 9 holes, one Par 4, the rest Par 3, small putting green, large driving range
- Ideal for a quick drive-by round by to brush up the longer end of your short game
- Well-kept course and facilities
- Fairly easy, but with enough challenges to keep it interesting, definitely a notch above your normal pitch and putt
Would have given 5 stars if the staff attitude towards a "stranger/foreigner" had been a little less indifferent - the rest of the Luberon region seems to have caught on that a warm welcome is good for business.
5 based on 141 reviews
Sun-e-Bike offers a new way to discover the Luberon, the Alpilles, the Haut-Vaucluse and the Provencal Drôme by renting, per day, half day or stay, its 200 electric bikes spread over the villages of Bonnieux, St-Remy de Provence, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Vaison la Romaine. The carefully chosen itineraries facilitate the discovery of many sights and attractions punctuating this territory through trails and bike paths rather than main roads. Sun-E-Bike, cycling freely !
We rented bikes from Sun-e-Bikes in both Saint Remy and Bonnieux (4 days total). Maxim, one of the managers, helped us at both locations. He was great. We wanted to make some adjustments to one of their routes and he was super helpful.
The bikes were easy to use and we never ran out of battery on our full day excursions, even though we did lots of hills. Renting was super easy and we are so glad we did. There is a basket on the front of the bike for a picnic lunch (or your extra layers as you peel them off throughout the day). We usually took bread and cheese with us and stopped at wineries for a bottle of wine to have with it for lunch. They sell bottled water in case you forget your water bottle. Biking was a great way to see Provence from a different perspective. The routes are mostly on quiet roads. I was more nervous driving on the narrow roads then I was biking them. (o: A great addition to our trip.
5 based on 26 reviews
On a carriage rides, at the pace of the horses, Olivier Augier will lead you to discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Ochres, connecting "Mines de Bruoux" , the "Conservatoire des ocres" (OKHRA) and the "Sentier des ocres" of Roussillon . On board of the carriages 12 places it is a true travel in geological time! We discover the natural formation of ochre and human use.
Fantastic tour of Provence! Highly recommended. Olivier is an extremely friendly and informative tour guide to the region, speaks English well, and provided a very personalized and "behind the scenes" outing for our family of 4. We travelled along some of the back roads and pathways in the Vaucluse, and we're informed about the area's various plants, wildlife, and geography. The chariot is comfortable, covered. We had time to visit the Sentier des Ocres in Rousillon, and later went to the Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur where we ate a scrumptious midday meal. A visit to the ocre mines later is optional. Olivier even let our 2- & 4- year olds hold the reins and "drive" for a brief period of time. Great.
4 based on 19 reviews
The church is relatively small and not very interesting, but the village is interesting. Very quiet and not very touristy.
4.5 based on 147 reviews
Up a ridge, sits the lovely town of Roussillon. Rather distinct with its ochre hues as opposed to the paler stone elsewhere in Provence. The brilliant colors take on a striking appearance towards evening with the sun on it. The color of the earth is also seen in the buildings in the town.
There's parking (paid) at the entrance to the town.
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