Apt Gordes |
Apt Vaison |
Open the Lavender Fields Map for reference while you read about the itineraries.
Roadmap: Michelin #245.
This loop is short to give you time for sightseeing and photography. The route goes by some very interesting villages and sites, and there are several lavender fields along the way.
Apt is the starting (and ending) point, a large town with shopping, markets, hotels and restaurants, and many interesting little villages nearby (such and Saignon and Caseneuve).
Head west out of Apt on the N100 (direction Avignon). Pont Julien, the 2000-year-old Roman bridge, is 8 km west of Apt, on the left.
Eleven km west of Apt, turn of to the right to Goult.
Continue on any of the small roads northwest to Gordes. Approaching Gordes from the south there are a couple of things to look out for. First, looks for signs at the left for the Village des Bories (see Bories). Continuing towards Gordes, be ready to stop as you approach the village, because the view across the canyon to the cliffs where Gordes sits is spectacular. Plenty to see and do here, and probably a good place for a good lunch. If you're in a picnicking mood, though, wait until you get to Senanque.
Leave Gordes on the little D177 road north towards Abbey de Senanque. It's only 4 km, but the road is narrow, and really beautiful. There are only a few spots along the road where you can pulll off, but if there's space, pull off and have a look at the view.
Senanque Abbey is an interesting place to visit, and the field in front of the abbey is a picturesque lavender field. If you passed on the nice restaurants in Gordes, this is a place to look for a picnic spot.
After Senanque, continue north on the D177, taking the right fork (still D177) in 500 m, towards Murs. Murs is a small village, and very pretty and interesting enough for a stop and a visit. If you're interested in history, take a 4 km drive north,then a 1 km hike to have a look at the Plage Wall (Mur de la Peste), details on our Murs page.
Leave Murs eastwards on the D2. In 6 km, go left (northeast) onto the D4 to Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt. Saint Saturnin is one our favorite villages. It's an authentic looking Medieval village, and the land of low cliffs and canyons adds to the atmosphere.
From Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt south to Apt is a straightforward 9 km south on the D943.