venasque village luberon

3 km from Beaucet, 7 km from Blauvac, Mazan, 8 km from Fontaine de Vaucluse, 9 km from Méthamis, Mormoiron, 10 km from Pernes les Fontaines, 11 km from Gordes, Murs, 12 km from Cabrières d'Avignon

GPS : Longitude : 5.148611 E - Latitude : 43.996666 N
Altitude : 320 m
Population : 980

Between Carpentras and Gordes, close to the Mont-Ventoux and at the gateway to the Luberon, Venasque is a delightful small village perched atop a sheer rock face. During the Middle Ages it was protected by impressive fortifications, and nowadays you can still see three of its towers and a fortified door. Venasque, officially ranked amongst France's most beautiful villages, looks out over the valley of La Nesque and the plain of Carpentras.

church venasque

castel tower venasque luberon

What to see, what to visit: the thirteenth century parochial church of Notre-Dame, the remains of the ancient monastery of the Chartreux), the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Siffrein, the twelfth century Romanesque defence tower of Le Pinet; the remains of the eighteenth century wall of La Peste; beautiful fourteenth and eighteenth century town houses; the remains of the town's ramparts, with one part of them Roman; two porches flanked by three towers known as ‘the Saracen Towers’ (tours sarrazines) - one of these towers is 18m high; bories and dry stone walls: there is a total of 240 bories on the commune.
Activities available: climbing, horse-riding, tennis.

panoramic view venasque luberon

Festivities: village festival on Easter Monday. Saint's day festival on 15 August. Painting exhibition in the Town hall during July and August.