Make a holiday apartment in Les Beaumettes your home away from home
Compiled by HomeAway, Les Beaumettes holiday apartments are in one of Provence’s most beautiful settings, nestled within the Luberon Natural Park. Holiday homes in Les Beaumettes are in a traditional style, made of stone and complete with all kinds of pleasing original features including shutters, wooden beams, stone fireplaces and farmhouse-style kitchens. When you’re not taking it easy in the garden or pool, you can head from your Les Beaumettes holiday home to take a vineyard tour, hike the Luberon Mountains or cycle through a landscape that has beguiled visitors since ancient times.
Things to do
-Perched villages. The village of Ménerbes lies a couple of minutes to the south of Les Beaumettes and is officially one of France’s most beautiful villages. It’s a classic hilltop village with a storied history and a maze of narrow old streets next to preserved medieval stone buildings. Within a ten-kilometre radius of Les Beaumettes there are five other beautiful villages – see Lacoste, which is charmingly unaffected by tourism.
-Hikes. One of the best things about the walks in the area surrounding Les Beaumettes is the many interesting historical fragments you can see. These will include Bories, single room stone shelters. You can hike from the village to the start of the Luberon Mountains, which sit to the south. From there you could try a circular hike across their foothills at Robion, or opt for something more challenging and climb the peaks here.
-Bike rides. The Luberon Natural Park alone has more than 400 marked trails to discover. One 51-kilometre looped trail is labelled “The Ochres” and presents some outstanding natural landscapes on its route. You’ll see picturesque towns and villages like Apt and Gargas, and cross typically Provençal scenes of lavender fields, fruit orchards, vineyards, olive groves and rugged limestone hills.
-Avignon. This impressive city is an easy drive away, and has some fantastic monuments within its walled old town. The most remarkable of these is the UNESCO protected Palace of the Popes. With its many towers, and stunning painted interior chapels, the palace is held as one of the best examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. Also in the city is a lovely Romanesque cathedral, a number of other churches and the remnants of the original Pont d’Avignon.
-Food and drink. You don’t need to be a foodie to appreciate the high quality of the Luberon’s fresh produce. The area is known for its world-class markets, where cherries, almonds, honey, olives, truffles, olive oil, goat’s cheese, regional herbs and much more are of immense quality. In Les Beaumettes there’s such a market every Thursday, but if you don’t catch it then a neighbouring village will be holding one soon after.
Weather in Les Beaumettes
Les Beaumettes holiday accommodation is set in a part of France with warm, dry summers and mostly mild weather for the other seasons. May through September sees highs between 23 and 33 degrees, and very little by way of rain. As the summer progresses there can be dramatic storms, mostly taking place towards September and October, and heralding autumn, the dampest season of the year. Winters are very gentle compared to the UK, with temperatures that hit 12 or 13 degrees by day and don’t often sink below freezing at night.
Travel to Les Beaumettes
Two airports serve the Luberon area. Closest to Les Beaumettes is Avignon – Caumont (AVN), 45 minutes northwest. It’s a relatively small airport, handling only a couple of summertime connections to the UK. Most people visiting holiday apartments in Les Beaumettes from Britain will use Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), around an hour from the village to the south, and with a wider range of services in both summer and winter. From there you can use the A7 to get up to Luberon, switching to the D9 at Cavaillon for Les Beaumettes.