What to do and see in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, France: The Best Places and Tips

July 17, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Discover the best top things to do in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, France including Tapiezo, Mines de Bruoux, Colorado Provencal, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt, The Bellevue rock, Gorges de la Nesque, Sun-E-Bike, Chausee des Geants, Provence Hipposervices, Colorado Aventures.
Restaurants in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt

1. Tapiezo

7 rue Richard Casteau, 84220 Roussillon, Gordes, France +33 6 14 09 46 50
Excellent
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5 based on 205 reviews

Tapiezo

Tapiezo offers abstract constructions based on universal symbols with sans and pigment of Roussillon in Provence. Recognized by the ACADEMIE des ARTS SCIENCES et LETTRES de PARIS. From an algebra known to all and the mysterious hieroglyphs and doors, structured buildings, an original interpretation. A poetic imagination. A work beyond time. A soothing work of art."Tapiezo, a master of happy wisdom. Tapiezo is the new Picasso." It's in these terms that Jean Lacouture speaks of the artist. Tapiezo's recognition is unanimous. He's in the courtyard of the great painters. To discover in the gallery of the contemporary artist Tapiezo - Roussillon in Provence - Luberon Vaucluse - Values Drouot - Akoun - Artprice A french writter, Jacques Salome says : "Enter into an extraordinary poetic universe that fills you with joy and fullness." Tapiezo's works bring good luck."

Reviewed By lukejames52 - Durham, North Carolina

First of all, he is happy and he loves children. His art is unique and beautiful. I love that he takes the substrate (literally) around him and blends on canvas to make something amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit - well worth the 45 min drive out of our way to see the town and meet the artist. Highly, highly recommend.

2. Mines de Bruoux

Route de Croagnes, 84400 Gargas, Apt, France +33 4 90 06 22 59
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 591 reviews

Mines de Bruoux

Reviewed By Zularaz - New York

Don your hardhat and walk these hand-dug halls of ochre (and mushroom farming! Who knew?). This extraordinary space is networked with tunnels that are 2-3 storeys tall ... like a Cathedral, with vaulted arches imbued with the yellowish red of ochre and, in places, pooled with water that reflects in shimmering waves on the walls and ceilings like an enchanted grotto. So cool. Knowledgeable guides (some tours available in English) can tell you the history of this type of mining and its importance to the locals who worked here. Poor guys ... the telltale yellow stain on their clothes and skin was a warning sign to single girls at the local dances. They didn't want to dance with the boys who would make so little and die so young. This site is a testament to their skill, their courage, and their perseverance.

3. Colorado Provencal

D 22, 84400 Rustrel, France +33 4 90 75 04 87
Excellent
54%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Colorado Provencal

Reviewed By pougal - pupghkeepsie NY

Had gone to Roussillon prior to this disappointing outing. The trails are poorly marked not nearly the beauty of the Ochres of Rousillon, Much more of a difficult hike , and less rewarding.

4. Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt

1 rue des Penitents, 84490 Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, Apt, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt

Reviewed By Moments4Life - Highland Village, Texas

Every traveler's priorities differ, but if you are looking for a gem off the beaten path, I highly recommend visiting St-Saturnin-les-Apt. We counted this in the same category as Saignon, a small peaceful village worthy of exploration and devoid of tourist traffic flow. I'm not a tourist snob, I just find it interesting to still find deserted enclaves amidst popular regions. The village can easily be explored within 15 minutes, and you can stop into one of the few cafes where owners seem not to speak a bit of English- which I absolutely love. Seek out the little cafe with the terrier named Mistral; he embodies a true Frenchman's reincarnated temperament, and kept us in stitches as he followed us out and about the village.
As for the 12th century ruins that sit above the village- truly worth the detour to stop and explore. The church remains intact, and sadly, closed, but the exploring the ruins and enjoying the views quickly make you forget your disappointment. We found adequate parking at the base of the hill, which centered us for walking through the village as well as walking to the ruin. If looking for a terrific outdoor lunch with stupendous views before or after this visit, I recommend the outdoor restaurant at the posh resort, Domaine des Andeols aptly named for the large plane tree, "Le Platane", or Sous Le Plantane. It's located a few miles outside of the village. Very relaxing and the view is everything you imagined Provence to be- rolling hills, lavender, herbs, and cherry trees surrounding you.

5. The Bellevue rock

Saignon, Apt, France +33 4 90 74 03 18
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Bellevue rock

Reviewed By sweetpk - Sydney, Australia

A great viewing platform to see 360 degree views across the Luberon region. We came up here during the afternoon and then also again in the evening to watch the sunset. What beautiful views across the sunflower fields, lavender fields and vineyards. An easy climb.

6. Gorges de la Nesque

Monieux, Monieux, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Gorges de la Nesque

Reviewed By Goycochea - Lanaken, Belgium

The route "Gorges de la Nesque" runs from Villes-sur-Auzon to Monieux. You can follow the D942 in Villes-sur-Auzon. We took our car as we did not have that much time. It is a nice road, predominantly occupied by cyclists. We stopped a few times to take a few pictures (some nice views on the Mont Ventoux and the gorges). Personally I think I would have enjoyed it more if I would have been able to take my bike. It is approximately 20 km of uphill and downhill (never flat) and the climbs are challenging but not too steep or endless. Perfect training exercise if you are planning to climb the Mont Ventoux.

1 avenue Clovis Hugues, 84480 Bonnieux, France
Excellent
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5 based on 141 reviews

Sun-E-Bike

Sun-e-Bike offers a new way to discover the Luberon, the Alpilles, the Haut-Vaucluse and the Provencal Drôme by renting, per day, half day or stay, its 200 electric bikes spread over the villages of Bonnieux, St-Remy de Provence, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Vaison la Romaine. The carefully chosen itineraries facilitate the discovery of many sights and attractions punctuating this territory through trails and bike paths rather than main roads. Sun-E-Bike, cycling freely !

Reviewed By NellieBess - Minnesota

We rented bikes from Sun-e-Bikes in both Saint Remy and Bonnieux (4 days total). Maxim, one of the managers, helped us at both locations. He was great. We wanted to make some adjustments to one of their routes and he was super helpful.
The bikes were easy to use and we never ran out of battery on our full day excursions, even though we did lots of hills. Renting was super easy and we are so glad we did. There is a basket on the front of the bike for a picnic lunch (or your extra layers as you peel them off throughout the day). We usually took bread and cheese with us and stopped at wineries for a bottle of wine to have with it for lunch. They sell bottled water in case you forget your water bottle. Biking was a great way to see Provence from a different perspective. The routes are mostly on quiet roads. I was more nervous driving on the narrow roads then I was biking them. (o: A great addition to our trip.

8. Chausee des Geants

Roussillon, Gordes, France
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Chausee des Geants

Reviewed By KANewYork - New York

Up a ridge, sits the lovely town of Roussillon. Rather distinct with its ochre hues as opposed to the paler stone elsewhere in Provence. The brilliant colors take on a striking appearance towards evening with the sun on it. The color of the earth is also seen in the buildings in the town.
There's parking (paid) at the entrance to the town.

9. Provence Hipposervices

Domaine De Seoule | Domaine de la Séoule, Les Bassaquets, 84220 Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, Apt, France
Excellent
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5 based on 26 reviews

Provence Hipposervices

On a carriage rides, at the pace of the horses, Olivier Augier will lead you to discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Ochres, connecting "Mines de Bruoux" , the "Conservatoire des ocres" (OKHRA) and the "Sentier des ocres" of Roussillon . On board of the carriages 12 places it is a true travel in geological time! We discover the natural formation of ochre and human use.

Reviewed By c m - Seattle, Washington

Fantastic tour of Provence! Highly recommended. Olivier is an extremely friendly and informative tour guide to the region, speaks English well, and provided a very personalized and "behind the scenes" outing for our family of 4. We travelled along some of the back roads and pathways in the Vaucluse, and we're informed about the area's various plants, wildlife, and geography. The chariot is comfortable, covered. We had time to visit the Sentier des Ocres in Rousillon, and later went to the Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur where we ate a scrumptious midday meal. A visit to the ocre mines later is optional. Olivier even let our 2- & 4- year olds hold the reins and "drive" for a brief period of time. Great.

10. Colorado Aventures

quartier Notre Dame des Anges, 84400 Rustrel, France +33 6 78 26 68 91
Excellent
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Colorado Aventures

Reviewed By 2travelgeeks - Grand Manan, Canada

Perhaps we were expecting more, but Colorado Aventures in Rustrel amounted to a pleasant walk, steep in places, and some nice colours to photograph. The site itself is tired…. trails poorly marked in places. Good exercise though!

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