Located at the foot of The Petit Luberon, it overhangs the fertile plain of Calavon river. From the village the view on the Mont Ventoux is spectacular. The architecture of the village keeps record of its rich and long past.
Artists like Nicolas de Staël, Dora Maar, Peter Mayle took up residence in Menerbes because of its provençal athmosphere and the beauty of the landscape around.
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Must seen and built heritage
1. Hôtel Girardet de Castelas
2. Dora Maar's House
3. L’Hôtel de Tingry
4. La Citadelle
5. Former prison
6. The House of truffle and wine (former Hôtel d’Astier de Montfaucon)
7. Le campanile (clock tower)
8. La Carmejane
9. Saint-Luc Church
10. Saint-Sauveur Door
11. The Castellet
12. Saint-Blaise Chapel
13. Clovis Hugues statue
14. Notre Dame des Grâces
15. Saint Hilaire Abbaye
16. Botanic garden and the corkscrew museum
-The actual location of the village is occupied since the Paleolithic period and it was successively occupied by the Vulgientes and Vordenses tribes, from a local celto-ligures federation : the Albici. Then the Greeks from Massilia organised trades. Then the Romans put Menerbes on the road to Rome thanks to the Via Domitia.
By the way the name of « Ménerbes » probably comes from the roman goddess Minerva.
The two doors left (Saint-Sauveur and Notre Dame) of the Middle Ages, attest the presence of huge fortress in Menerbes. In 1224 Menerbes is of the Comtat Venaissim, Papal state in Provence.
During the French wars of religion, Menerbes was a stronghold for the protestants. The place will be taken by the Huguenots in 1578.
Menerbes was annexed to France in 1793 after the events of the French Revolution.
Hiking trails around Menerbes
Chemin des cèdres
An emblematic path, a true emotion, the pleasure of being in the forest, the magic of the majestic cedars, the shared happiness ... « Since my accide...
Sentier du Portalas
A magical immersion in the cedar forest, wandering the heart ofthe scrubland and panoramic contemplation on the south of the Luberon ... « I love the...
Tourist information office of Ménerbes
Avenue Marcellin Poncet
T. +33 (0)4 90 72 21 80
Town hall of Ménerbes
Place de l'Horloge
T. +33 (0)4 90 72 22 05