department: vaucluse (84)
region: provence-alpes-cÔte d'azur

SEGURÉT: one of the most beautiful villages in france

Séguret is one of seven ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’ in the Vaucluse, and renowned for its very narrow streets and ancient lavoirs, as well as for the manufacture of brightly painted miniature dolls made in clay, known as santons, most of religious or pastoral significance. Their production was at its maximum in the first half of the 19th century, and although far fewer are made these days, santon fairs are still a feature of the wider Provençal scene.

Séguret is a delight to explore, although essentially it consists of little more than two, very narrow, parallel streets; only locals with small cars dare to brave these streets. In a very hackneyed sense of the word, there is considerable charm about the village, strung along the lower slopes of a prominent range of hills, the Dentelles de Montmirail. At one end, a car park, at the other the shaded washing places for which the village is famous. But the charm is real enough; the village does charm you, the more you explore.

Like many of the villages in this part of France, they have their own wine. The foundations for Séguret’s destiny as a wine producing area were laid in the 13th century, first under the Counts of Toulouse, then by the Princes of Orange. In the 17th century, a wine 'Confrérie', or brotherhood, was created and for a time was led by a female landlord, a circumstance that was virtually unheard of in France. Séguret's winemakers revived their confrérie in 1985 under the name, the "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Gouste-Séguret Compagnons de Saint-Vincent". The vineyards were given the appellation 'Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret', in 1967.

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There is no tourist information office in Séguret; the nearest is in Vaison-la-Romaine. But you can get information at the Mairie: Mairie de Séguret, Rue Poterne, 84110 SEGURET.

Tel: 04 90 46 91 06