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Saignon Provence a dream destination in France

Pretty courtyard with a tinkling fountain in the middle in Saignon, Provence

Our readers’ photo of the week is Saignon in Provence.

You’ll find this lovely, tranquil and typically Provencal town in the Vaucluse department in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, south-east France.

It’s perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley and offers the most amazing views over the Luberon – you can see for miles here on a clear day.  Saignon is off the beaten track and all the better for it. It’s said that its name comes from the Latin Signum, meaning sign and indicates that thanks to the high rock, it was once an ancient landmark. The rock is certainly distinctive, it’s like a naturally created castle. The position and height of the rock made it an ancient look out post in centuries gone by and a favoured place to live for local lords.

There are winding little streets, lovely old squares that cry out to be sat in, fountains and beautiful old houses with pastel coloured shutters. The architecture is glorious and this is a perfect town to wander and lose yourself in the past whilst still in the present. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés where you can sit on a shady terrace and watch the world go slowly by in a laid back way.

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