The little village of Caseneuve is barely a dot on the map, but that just makes its discovery all the more wonderful. Caseneuve is small and compact, obviously ancient but decently restored. It sits on an isolated hilltop east of Apt, halfway between the Luberon to the south and the Plateau de Vaucluse to the north, giving it an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. The area around the village is peaceful and pastoral, with fields, farms, tractors and sheep, all in rolling hills with a lot of woods. It's a great place for long country walks.
Apt Lavender Itineraries |
Aix-en-Provence 60 km |
Apt 10 km |
Avignon 60 km |
Bonnieux 24 km |
Cereste 13 km |
Lourmarin 28 km |
Reillanne 20 km |
Saint Saturnin-lès-Apt 17 km |
Hotels near Caseneuve: |
10 km Apt |
17 km Saint Saturnin-les-Apt |
24 km Bonnieux |
28 km Lourmarin |
60 km Aix-en-Provence |
60 km Avignon |
For visiting, many of the tiny side streets end quickly in private gardens or front porches, and a couple minutes walk in any direction will take you out of the village. But what you do see in the village are ancient stone-walled houses lining narrow streets, vaulted passages and the imposing and well-restored 11th-century Provencal-Romanesque chateau.
Some of the "newer" houses are integrated into the old fortifications, of which three of the original towers remain. In photo-2 you can see the chateau at the left and two of the towers guarding the group of buildings to the right. Photo-3 is a close-up of the narrower tower rising above the dry stone walls.
Local resources include the ocre, vineyards, wheat and lavender, and raising game birds and sangliers.
First record, 978 Casanova
A bronze-age ax found in the area is on display at the museum in Apt.
The fief of Caseneuve has been ruled successively by some illustrious lords, including the Simiane, Bouillon, Rohan-Soubise and, in the 18th century, the prince of Condé.
Fête patronale: last Sunday July
The local vineyards produce Côtes du Ventoux aoc wines, part of the Côte du Rhône region.
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.
IGN (1/25,000) #3242 OT "Apt, Luberon"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #14 "Luberon, Sainte-Victoire"; #27 (Ventoux)
Country walks along the small lanes through the hills are the best bet close to the village. Only a couple of km north are the steep valleys and wooded hills running east-west just south of Rustrel. Marked trails offer some nice loop-hikes, and connect with the GR 6 and GR 97 (Grande Randonnée) trails.
There's one small restaurant in the village, the Lou Canone.
Lodging - Hotels
Hotels in Towns Nearby to Caseneuve
• 10 km — Apt hotels
• 17 km — Saint Saturnin-les-Apt hotels
• 24 km — Bonnieux hotels
• 28 km — Lourmarin hotels
• 60 km — Aix-en-Provence hotels
• 60 km — Avignon hotels