In the heart of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, in a golden triangle formed by Gordes, Roussillon and Bonnieux, the village of Ménerbes rests on a rocky spur. Surrounded by its ancient ramparts, it floats, like a timeless ship, on an ocean of vines and moorland.
In this exceptional natural setting, bathed in brilliant light, Menerbes, with just one thousand inhabitants and its clusters of picturesque houses, proudly stands over the plains of the Luberon.
In the heart of the medieval village, small narrow streets, flanked by Provencal houses with dry stone facades, offer visitors a haven of freshness, authenticity and tranquillity.
This beautiful village has a rich historical heritage: the belfry with its wrought iron campanile from the 17th and 18th centuries, known as the “Clock Tower”, the 16th century citadel with its botanical gardens, Saint-Hilaire abbey, magnificent old houses, the Pitchoune dolmen which dates back to prehistoric times, as well as remains of villas from the Roman period.
These assets make Ménerbes a rare and exceptional place: in 1982, Ménerbes obtained the label of one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and more recently, in 2020, it was classified 3rd favourite village of the French.
With a strong farming and wine-growing vocation, numerous shops and craftsmen, it has also managed to forge a cultural identity, thanks to several artists who have come here since the beginning of the 20th century, to draw inspiration from the landscape, such as the painters Pablo Picasso and Nicolas de Staël, the writers François Nourissier and Peter Mayle or the photographer Dora Maar (Picasso’s mistress).
Ménerbes is equally loved by its inhabitants and visitors. For the inhabitants however, attached to their art de vivre, it is a privilege they get every day.
Although right in the heart of nature, Ménerbes is still close to the A7 motorway and to all the connections and conveniences essential to your daily quality of life.