Lying on the Claparèdes plateau, the charming and distinctive hilltop village of Saignon sits on a huge natural rock
formation and looks out over the Apt valley. With a church that was an important destination for pilgrims from the whole of
Provence in the early Middle Ages, Saignon was also an important site for travellers journeying to Rome along
the Via Domitia. Wandering through the village’s narrow streets and many squares, visitors will discover the
area’s numerous fountains – Saignon is a major source of mineral water – and admire the stunning doors
and arches of a number of old town houses. The village is typical of those found in the Vaucluse region.
What to see and visit: twelfth-century Romanesque church; belfry and campanile; fortified gate; the Romanesque Saint-Michel chapel, which was modified during the seventeenth century; the Église Notre-Dame de la Sainte-Croix; the tenth-century Abbaye de Saint-Eusèbe.
Recommended activities: horse riding and walking routes, mountain biking.
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