Sunday, September 30, 2012

A visit to Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt, a town on the edge of the Luberon

After stopping often to shoot pictures of fields of blooming lavender and other scenery along the road from Aurel to Sault, I headed in the direction of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt. I had not been to Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt before but I thought I recalled seeing pictures of the village in a book or magazine.

I was on my way to cousin Annick's who lives in a small village near Aix-en-Provence. I didn't have to hurry as Annick had said she would be sleeping till mid-afternoon, she works the night shift on the pediatric unit at a local hospital, so I figured I might as well visit Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt is a small village that sits at the base of a low cliff with ruins of a castle above the village at one end and a 16th century windmill on the opposite end. The village dates from the 10th century.

Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

The windmill as seen from the center of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

The memorial to the children of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt who died in wars for France.

A café on the main street of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

One of the many colorful buildings I came upon as I wandered the streets of the village.

Shutters in Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

11th century church at the top of the village's fortifications.

More of the defensive fortifications.

There are a couple of main streets that run through the village parallel to the hills lined by pretty, medieval houses.

The fountain at the center of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

The church of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt.

A hotel-restaurant in Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt with colorful shutters.

Part of the stone defensive fortifications.

Another street that runs through the village parallel to the hill.

One of several little cross streets that pass through low vaulted passageways beneath the houses

At one end of the village, the street passes out through the 13th-century "portail Ayguier", an arched defensive entry through the fortified corner building of the old fortifications

Thanks for joining me on my visit to Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt. Have a great week! Bonne journée mes amis et à bientôt.


  1. Beautiful photographs Michel - it is impossible not be intrigued by the beauty of France. I can't wait to get there and experience it for myself.

  2. My village has a windmill just like that one!

  3. My wife and I have lived in Saint Saturnin Les Apt since 2005. We absolutely love it! Just one correction though - it is a village not a town!!

  4. Michelle - Thank you for stopping in to check out my blog. Thank you very much for leaving a comment. I hope you get to France soon as there is so much to see and experience.

    Sara - Was it tied to an agricultural past of LPV?

    David - Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog. Thanks for the feedback about the post. I have gone back and made the suggested corrections. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Saint Saturnin Les Apt and look forward to a return visit.

  5. These are excellent photos, It looks a really pretty place. There is so much beauty in France. Have a great week. Diane

  6. A fine tour of one of my favourite villages, merci! Years ago we rented a gite here, and have many happy memories of sitting out at the restaurants in the evening.

  7. Diane - Thank you for the sweet feedback. Yes, we who live either full time or part time are very fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty.

    Deborah - Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog and especially for leaving a comment. I saw a number of cafes during my walk where I would have liked to sit and watch the village walk by.

  8. Love the photos and looks like such a pretty village.. another visit to add to the list.. and hope you are having a lovely October in Provence, bon dimanche.

  9. Saint-Sat' is my village of choice to live, at some point! Such coincidence...

  10. Isn't there a huge "reservoir" up at the top? Seems to me I remember hiking up there, with steep drop offs down to the water? Hmmm. It's been a few years.
    My aunt and uncle rented a house here for many, many years to escape the winters in Germany so I was eager to see it.
    Thanks for the pictures!

  11. Tuula - Thanks! We are having a great time and the weather has been fabulous! Too busy to do any blogging but will have lots to share soon.

    rayalichan - Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog and especially for leaving a comment. I appreciate this very much. You are right, it is a very nice village.

    An Eye for Detail - Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog and especially for leaving a comment. I appreciate this very much. You are right about the reservoir/lake at the top. I am glad you liked the pictures.

  12. Thank you so much for these lovely photos! We're renting a villa here in the Summer and I wanted to get a sense of the village. As it's not so much on the tourist trail, it's been difficult finding good photos. Cheers. Deb

  13. Deb - You are most welcome. I am glad you found my blog and stopped in to visit and left a comment. Enjoy your time in Provence this summer.