•Vaucluse (84110) • Population: 798 • Altitude: 250 m
Séguret is a picturesque little village that stretches in a narrow band around the flank of a solitary hill amidst the Côte du Rhône vineyards, beside the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Classified as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, the long, narrow village of Séguret has the narrow cobblestone streets and rough stone walls of a timeless Medieval town.
Free car parks are located just below the village; after a short walk, you'll enter a wonderfully vehicule-free environment through the thick, arched portail of the 14th-century defensive wall [Photo 3].
The small central square of the village has a 14th-c stone bell tower (photo, left) with a 17th-c campanile belfry and an interesting single-hand clock dating from 1680. On this same village square is the lavoir built in 1846 and the 17th-century fountain with its four stone faces [Photo 5].
Like other beautiful and popular villages of Provence, Séguret has a number of tourist-oriented shops, including art galleries and santons. For once, though, all of the shops are very discretely integrated into the architecture of the village, blending nicely with the stone walls.
The santon workshop of Philippe Fournier, located in the center of Séguret displays and sells the work of this master santonier. Further on through the village we found "L'oustau dei santoun", with an expositioin of the Crèches du Monde and listing the names of seven master santoniers, all "Master Ouvriers de France".
If you continue past the church to the far end of the village, there's a great view of the countryside and vineyards spread out below, and the jagged Dentelles-de-Montmirail rocks nearby to the southwest.
Atelier de Séguret
The Atelier de Séguret is an artists workshop program based in the village, and including furnished rooms in Séguret. The Atelier de Séguret has been going for about 20 years now. You can get more information on their website: http://www.art-info.com/seguret/ateliere.sht.
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History of Séguret
First record, 10th century: De Sécurelo. From the latin securitas to the Provençal "Ségur", for a place of security.
Prehistoric: Neolithic remains.
Celto-Ligurian: A Ligurian oppidum here contained a statue of a Gaulois god; now in the museum at Avignon.
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The area west of Séguret is all vineyards, not suited for hiking. With Séguret sitting at the edge of a large area of wooded hills, including the Dentelles-de-Montmirail, many hiking trails are available to the east of the village.
The GR4 goes southeast from Séguret, through the hills at the northern edge of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail and on to Malaucène and points east.
THe "GR de pays" (Grande Randonnée) trail makes a large loop around the hills containing the Dentelles-de-Montmirail, passing almost to Malaucène at the eastern part, and through the village of Beaumes-de-Venise in the south.
A mixture of small trails and forestry roads provide for good hiking in these same hills, with possibilities for shorter loop hikes.
Contributed by Jane Champagne, Canada, Apr 2003
Seguret -- I spent a wonderful several weeks there at the Atelier de Seguret, an artists' colony that is run by....? (another senior moment), and wonder if you'd want to add it to your site -- ancient church still prone to excellent concerts. And Sablet too...the vineyards between the two villages are among the most picturesque.
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.
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