Lussan is a beautiful village, it is even one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France” thanks to its authentic Provençal charm. Heritage sites, craftsmanship, exceptional natural sites, Lussan has everything you could dream of. So why not come and explore this medieval village with a certain air of the south of France?
A village with undeniable charm
“One of the most beautiful villages in France”, Charming towns and villages”, “Village full of flowers”… At the entrance to the village, all these labels are on display to congratulate the exceptional heritage sites, and the unique character of Lussan. Why don’t you come and see how charming this little medieval town is with your own eyes?
The village is perched on a rocky outcrop right at the heart of the scrubland, and is surrounded by walls, that have formed a solid defence for the village for centuries. Take a stroll along the narrow streets that lead into the centre of the village. There, you’ll find yourself surrounded by exceptional historic heritage, beautiful façades surrounded by flowers and colourful doors.
But what about the history of this medieval village? As soon as you arrive, you’ll be struck by the beauty of the 15th-century Château de Lussan, former residence of the Lords and Ladies of the village. Two other castles were built in the Middle Ages, including the Château de Fan, which is still standing today and is well-known as the former residence of writer André Gide’s family.
In the 19th century, the village prospered thanks to silk production. At this time, there were three silk spinning mills in the village, including the Filature Roux, listed as a remarkable monument.
Today, Lussan still boasts its original charm. And we haven’t even told you about the superb views from the top of the fortifications, stretching out across the village, as far as the eye can see! In the distance, you’ll see the Cévennes, Monts d’Ardèche and Mont Ventoux.
Come and discover the “Concluses de Lussan”
The Concluses de Lussan is a natural site that is perfect for family hiking outings. It can be accessed from the village of Lussan or from the Concluses car park, and you’re in for a fantastic adventure through these deep gorges that have been shaped over the years by the river Aiguillon. There’s a nature trail through the Concluses so that walkers can learn about the geological formation of the site.
Overlooking the Concluses, is the “Pierre plantée” menhir, proof of the presence of man during the Prehistoric era. This 5.60-metre-high menhir dates from the Neolithic era! According to historians, it bears witness to man’s devotion to divine power.
Art, guinea fowl and ceramics
You might even find yourself inspired by the charm of Lussan, just like many artists and craftspeople have been before you. This was the case for ceramicist Heidi Caillard, who decided to create a poultry farm out of ceramics: the “Pintade de Lussan” (Lussan Guinea Fowl) was born! Today, her son Adrien will welcome you at the Céramiques de Lussan workshop-shop. It is thanks to him that the guinea fowl is now known across the globe and exported all over the world. So, don’t hesitate to stop by and visit this one-of-a-kind farmyard!
Events in lussan
There are some key events that bring the village of Lussan to life:
- On the last Sunday of August, the village is devoted to writers for the “Lussan se livre” event! On the programme: come and meet the authors and get your books signed under the chestnut trees and in the private gardens of the former silk spinning mills;
- The Festival “Entre ciel et garrigue” offers a varied programme of theatre productions, dancing, opera, operetta and concerts.