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Apt

The Luberon and the Colorado Provençal

Apt (Vaucluse)In the Regional Natural Park of the Luberon, Apt is located on the old track Domitienne. Its downtown, gathered around the Cathedral Sainte-Anne, was once an island. The city was built in a valley between the "Massif du Luberon" and the "Monts de Vaucluse"..

Apt is a common Regional Natural Park of the Luberon, you'll enjoy beautiful landscapes and a highly protected environment. The heart of the city with several former east picturesque streets (like the "Rue des Marchands") and a few remarkable passages vaulted.

The traditions in Apt

Fruits confits d'AptThe tradition of candied fruits is anchored in Apt since the Middle Ages, indeed, from the fourteenth century, Aptésiens provided the Papal Court of Avignon. In the nineteenth century, artisans Apt develop their skills and confisent bigarreaux, apricots, pears, figs, plums, tangerines, melons, angelic, violets, rose petals, walnuts… Towards 1830, the success encourages more entrepreneurs to enter the stage Industrial: The first plant steam is created in 1864.
Today, Apt plants annually produce 15 000 tons of fruits and all preparations for fresh dairy products (yogurt fruit…).

Another tradition dear to Apt, earthenware. The country of Apt is the heir to a long tradition potter due to the quality of its clay and its land ochre. The first pottery kiln was lit by Cesar Moulin in 1728 at Castellet, and craftsmen still perpetuate this activity.

Tourism in Apt

Crypte de la cathédrale d'AptVisit the Cathedral Sainte-Anne which has a nave and a tower of the XIIth century. Two crypts can be visited. The crypt below is the oldest, the crypt contains more than relics, and an altar of the fifth century.

Other worthy of interest in Apt, the Museum of History and Archaeology. It presents the history of the city and country of Apt first century to the present day. The building stands on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman theatre. It includes rooms Gallo-Roman room ex-voto, that of earthenware Apt and the hospital.

The "Colorado Provençal"

Colorado Provençal, les Cheminées des FéesNot far from Apt, more exactly near Rustrel, also made a visit to the "Colorado Provençal". The Colorado Provencal east on the town of Rustrel and extends over 30 hectares. Its earthen trails to discover eroded cliffs, including more than 20 shades of ochre. The "circus Barriès", the "circus Bouvène", tanks, fairy chimneys, the place known as "Sahara", tunnels, the bed of the Doa (the small local river) offer the varied scenery hikers

Around Apt

Manosque - Gordes - Lourmarin - Bonnieux - Roussillon - Fontaine de Vaucluse - L'Isle sur la Sorgue - Cavaillon - Luberon - Abbaye de Sénanque - Vaison la Romaine - Sisteron - Le Thor