Population: approximately 1200
Distance from Uzès: 107 km
Market Day: Friday
Just over 1 -1/2 hours away from Uzès is the pretty village of Lourmarin next to the 15th century Renaissance castle Villa Medicis de Provence. If you approach it from Bonnieux the road goes through the beautiful, narrow river valley called Combe de Lourmarin.
Lourmarin is not a perched village but it is popular with tourists and is home to the English writer Peter Mayle who did much to initially publicise life in the village of Ménerbes for expatriates before later moving here. It was also the birthplace of Albert Camus (1913-1960) who was a Nobel Prize winning author, buried at the local cemetery after being killed at the age of 46.
Known for its narrow cobblestoned streets, fountains and and café culture it is a delightful place to visit although it can be too busy with tourists at peak holiday times. We stayed many years ago at the Moulin de Lourmarin which at the time was run by renowned French chef Edward Loubet and his family. The dining room was amazing with wheat growing from the ceiling and the huge old mill stone from the olive mill retained. The wheat ceiling has since gone but the restaurant dining room is still full of agricultural relics faithful to its olive oil producing past.
The stream Le Rayé which used to drive the millstone still runs through the middle of the town with a casual restaurant alongside with both indoor and outdoor eating areas. There are many delightful shops and places to eat dotted throughout the winding streets of which many are pedestrianised.