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About Menerbes

Menerbes rises up like a ship from the sea of vineyards that run along the Luberon valley. In French it is called a 'perched village'.

The Luberon has several perched, hilltop villages, and most, like Menerbes, are also members of that select group officially recognised as 'The Most Beautiful Villages in France'. What you will notice about Menerbes is that it is less touristy than the other villages of the Luberon, and less crowded too.

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Historic buildings, Menerbes, Provence

Place de la Mairie.

Menerbes from the south, house circled

Menerbes from the south, house circled in red.

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The village of Menerbes has ancient buildings, towers and churches, with narrow streets that wind their way up to the square at the top of the village. From up here there are lovely views of the surrounding countryside - the Luberon to the south, and other hill-top villages like Gordes to the north, as well as the towering Mont Ventoux. The house is at this top level too, which sets it apart from the shops and restaurants a two-minute stroll down the hill.

The centre of Menerbes

Menerbes village centre

What's in Menerbes:

Three restaurants.
A Bar.
Two bakers and a butcher.
Pharmacy, post office.
La Maison de la truffe et du vin - a beautiful building in the Place de la Mairie renovated to celebrate the wine and truffles of the region.
Two shops for Provencal furnishings, and one selling more down-to-earth souvenirs like herbs and olive oil.

Looking up at Menerbes from the cherry orchards

Looking up at Menerbes from the cherry trees

Menerbes is at the heart of the Luberon, a part of Provence that enjoys the benefits of a Mediterranean climate with none of the 'progress' so evident on the coast. This land is a protected natural park, and it is the closest thing to the idealised Provence we see in popular culture. In fact, Peter Mayle wrote his bestseller 'A Year in Provence' here in Menerbes. Picasso was equally inspired to install his mistress, the artist Dora Maar, in a house a few doors down from mine.

 

You should visit the Luberon if you want beautiful, varied landscapes and scenery; pure air to breathe; the light that has always brought painters and poets here; the best natural produce (fruit and vegetables here actually taste like they used to); fascinating places to visit within a short drive or cycle; sunny days when you can eat outside in every month of the year.

I've put together some information on the Luberon and Provence which you can see by clicking here. It includes links to newspaper and magazine articles so you can see what others think.

For recommended books and films about the Luberon and Provence, click here.

You can see what past guests have written in the guestbook here.

The 'other view' from Menerbes, looking away from the Luberon mountain, towards the village of Gordes and the Mont Ventoux.
This panorama was taken next to Clementine's restaurant, so this is the sort of view you get when you eat there.

 

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