Vaucluse (84400) Population: 35 Altitude: 1087 m
Lagarde-d'Apt is a very, very tiny village. It's an official Commune [LINK], but the sparce population lives in surrounding farms. The "center" of the village appears to be a couple of old buildings beside the road at the top of a low pass. The buildings (actually three) are the old chapel; an adjacent Auberge, long out of business; and a long, stone barn, empty and for sale (2015), with one medieval-style carved stone doorway in the side.
Lagarde-d'Apt is one if the least populated communes in the Vaucluse, with only 35 inhabitants (2012 census). It's also the least densely populated communes, with 1.7 people per square km. At 1100 m altitude, Lagarde-d'Apt is the highest commune in the Vaucluse. The 1256 m high peak called Signal Saint-Pierre, located 1200 m southeast of the village, is the highest summit of the Vaucluse mountains.
Lavender. The commune is an agricultural producer, typical of the area, with lavender, honey, goat cheese, cattle and sheep. Part of the local lavender is a type called lavender fine, a short plant that produces a single flower on each stem, and grows only above 400 m altitude.
A nearby sign advertises a Les Esfourniaux -- Ferme Auberge up a side road. That turned out to be an isolated farm 1.7 km up the little road (or 1.4 km via walking trails). Les Esfourniaux has a Chamber d'hôte (B&B) and a terrace restaurant with a10 euro menu midday and evening (closed when we stopped by on an August weekday afternoon - the owners were away on an errand).
Les Esfourniaux is also a deer park, of sorts. We could see a couple of herds of deer out on the open lands through the fences, and there were some large panels explainging the differences between the three sorts of deer: Cerf, Daim, Chevreuil.
The chapel in Lagarde-d'Apt has quite an interesting sundial. The sundial is actually the inside of the deep, oval window high above the doorway. The hour marks are etched into the thick,sloping edge that surrounds the window, with the pointer extending out from the top of the circular window.Ê
Department 84, Vaucluse Buses
- See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 2: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map [Plan global des lignes] and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
• Avignon has train or bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nîmes, Saint Remy-de-Provence, Paris.
• Cavaillon has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Saint Remy-de-Provence.
• Pertuis has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.