The Village

A few words from the Maire of St Saturnin…….

J’ai la chance d’être le Maire de l’un de ces beaux villages qui jalonnent le pays d’Apt, côté Luberon et côté Monts du Vaucluse. Ce village qui n’est pas encore trop abîmé par le tourisme, a su préserver son caractère de gros bourg rural, dont la population était déjà d’environ 3000 habitants à la fin du 19ème siècle, avec tous les commerces de proximité et aussi de nombreuses associations qui animent la vie locale tout au long de l’année. C’est ce village authentique que je vous invite à découvrir lors de votre prochaine venue à Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt.”

For more information about St Saturnin visit the Mairie’s official site at www.saintsaturninlesapt.fr/

Le Village de St Saturnin lès Apt

Language In Provence is located in a pretty, traditional house in the heart of the mediaeval village of St Saturnin lès Apt, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in the Luberon Regional Park in the Vaucluse department of France. We are surrounded by wild landscapes perfumed with thyme and rosemary and the valley of vineyards, cherry orchards, olive groves and lavender fields stretches southwards to the limit of the Luberon Mountains on the far side of the valley.

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View of the village of St Saturnin

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The village faces south and enjoys year-round sunshine. The panoramic views from the village are spectacular and a short climb to the magnificent ruins of the ancient château with its ‘chapelle’, originally consecrated in the middle of the 11th century and now preserved as an ancient monument, reveals the Luberon Valley in its breathtaking beauty. Behind the cliffs which rise up behind the village there is a ravine which was dammed during the 19th century and forms a pretty lake behind the château.

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St Saturnin ancienne chapelle and remparts at night

 

Beautiful Setting

Beautiful setting for the hillside lake

Our school is situated on the edge of this historic village. There is a weekly market, quiet in winter but full of brightly-coloured stalls in spring and summer, and a post office, grocery, two bakeries, a butcher, a gift shop, two bars and two hotels, a good selection of shops and restaurants and an ATM machine. The municipal outdoor swimming pool is open during the hot summer months and there is a village tennis club which welcomes visitors. St Saturnin has also become a well-known base for walking and mountain biking with many miles of marked trails surrounding the village.

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A winding path to the 11th century chateau

During the warmer months the village hosts many art and music festivals, concerts, craft markets, its own village festival or ‘fête votive’ during the first weekend of August and a huge ‘brocante’ fair on Bastille Day with a wonderfully festive atmosphere. In recent years St Saturnin has become a magnet for artists, writers, musicians and visitors who want to enjoy all that this ‘village sympathique’ has to offer. It is also ideally located only 8 km from the thriving market town of Apt which has a wonderful Saturday morning market, now considered to be one of the best in France.

Other attractions within easy reach include the enchanting Luberon villages, the cosmopolitan cities of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, the city of the Popes.