•Vaucluse (84800) • Population: 1,397 • Altitude: 110 m
Lagnes is a very lovely little village sitting on the edge of a low butte extending south from the edge of the Vauclause hills, about 12 km northeast of Cavillon and just south of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse A slightly higher hill just beside the village provides an outstanding panoramic view of the flat farming lands spread out across the Saorge river valley to the west, and a nice view of the village itself (photo-2).
The village has a completely different feeling when viewed from across the green fields out past the northern end (photo-1). The ancient 14th-century walls and the towers of the 13th-century château give the village a distinctive medieval flavor.
The village seems sleepy and empty during midday when the few shops are closed, but 1300 inhabitants are spread out in the surrounding hills, tending to their farms or other businesses. The village has the narrow streets typical of the period, and many lovely old sites, such as a very fine fountain with little statues and a square clock tower with the alarm bell (campanile) at the top.
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History of Lagnes
First record, 1154 Lagnas
Prehistoric: There are prehistorical habitations at Claparousse.
Medieval: the commune was ruled by a collection of Lords from the 13th-16th centuries, and then royal and religious leaders through the 18th century. In 1720, a long stone wall (Mur de la Peste) was built in a futile attempt to stop the Great Plague. Ruins of the wall can be seen about 2 km to the northeast, with the wall running north.
Market day: Fri.
July (2nd half) - Festival de la Sorgue and outdoor theater
July (Next to last Sun) - Fête votive
July (Last Sun) - Foire Provençale de Lagnes - last Sunday July: a day-long event with "animations", Provençal music, markets and festivities
• GPS: 43.893427, 5.115384
IGN (1/25,000) #3142 OT "Cavaillon, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #14 "Luberon, Sainte-Victoire"
The GR6-97 (Grande Randonnée) trails passes north-south through the forest just east of Lagnes; a marked trail goes northeast from the village to join the GR6-97.
• About 6 km the south, the GR6-97 reaches the Luberon, where many excellent trails go through the forest and mountains.
Department 84, Vaucluse Buses
- See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 2: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map [Plan global des lignes] and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
• Avignon has train or bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nîmes, Saint Remy-de-Provence, Paris.
• Cavaillon has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Saint Remy-de-Provence.
• Pertuis has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.