Welcome to Ventabren
Something of a secret, this delightful hilltop village, 15km west of Aix-en-Provence, provides the perfect lazy day out. It's the gorgeous medieval town itself, built as protection from Saracen raids from the 10th century, that's the attraction – that and its charming 360º views. Meander narrow cobbled lanes and take in the maisons de village of golden stone, with their faded wooden shutters and pretty green-leaf camouflage. Peep inside its 17th-century church, or hike uphill to enjoy panoramic views of Ste-Victoire, Étang de Berre and northern Luberon from the ruins of Château de la Reine Jeanne.