About 9km north of Apt and 10km northeast of Roussillon, St-Saturnin-lès-Apt is refreshingly ungentrified and just beyond the tourist radar. Shops (not boutiques), cafes and bakeries line its cobbled streets. It has marvellous views of the surrounding Vaucluse plateau – climb to the ruins atop the village for knockout views.
Les Baux de Provence
Clinging precariously to an ancient limestone baou (Provençal for ‘rocky spur’), this fortified hilltop village is one of the most visited in France (best seen as a day trip, and avoid the summer crowds if you can). It’s easy to understand its popularity: narrow cobbled streets wend car-free past ancient houses, up to a splendid ruined castle.