From the height of a rocky spur overlooking the scrublands and vineyards of the Luberon, the citadel and chateau of Ménerbes keep watch over their treasure. Celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon, it has stone ramparts, frontons marked with dates and vaulted cellars that you enter like Ali Baba caves… The little paved streets lead the way to the rich historic heritage of the town, taking you to the doors of old residences and the 17th century bell tower rising over the square. This genuine place full of character has triumphantly stood the test of time and preserved the authentic Provencal spirit. To listen to the heart of this region is to discover its tenderest, dearest secrets…
Countless artists have responded to the call of this generous territory, fired by an inspiration renewed by so much beauty and unspoiled countryside. Nicolas de Staël and Picasso both owned houses at Ménerbes. They were joined by a large number of creative figures, with musicians, actors and writers all finding a haven in one of the beautiful farms scattered around the village.
You should not leave Ménerbes without visiting the picturesque corkscrew museum, which contains more than 1,000 different specimens of this tiny, magical tool – which was invented in the 17th century by a Frenchman, but patented in 1795 by an Englishman, the Reverend Samuel Henshall.
With tales and legends, music, opera and theatre, you will find that this area offers plenty to entertain and amaze you. So don't resist the temptation! For your convenience, our team can keep you informed, help you make a choice, and if you wish, organise your outings.