Senanque abbey: walking and cycling trips
Abbey of senanque
The abbey of Senanque - in French Abbaye de Sénanque - built in 1148, is a religious and historical site located in the eastern side of Vaucluse, not far from the famous village of Gordes. The abbey of Senanque is considered as a jewel of Romanesque architecture, built in the 12th century.
Famous for its incredible lavender and thyme laden fields, the Senanque Abbey was constructed away from the local population and villages, following the Cistercians will to be separated from the confusion of the medieval world, allowing the monks to recapture the simplicity, poverty and solitude of the church.
The community of monks currently living in the Abbaye de Sénanque still work the land, as they did during the past centuries: by cultivating lavender, by harvesting olive trees and producing honey . The abbey is open to public for visits.
The visiting hours and days are quite restricted as the Abbey is still home to several monks. You have the option of following guided or unguided tours. Entrance fees depend on the visitor's age. The Senanque Abbey / Abbaye de Sénanque is a must-see when travelling in Provence!
Where is the Abbey?
Located in of the most beautiful areas of Provence, the Luberon area, the Abbey of Senanque has become over the years a must-see tourist site and is particularly breathtaking during the lavender season.
The Abbey of Senanque is 40km away from Avignon and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful villages of France with the likes of Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes and Venasque.
Our walking tours around the senanque abbey:
Please feel free to take a look at our walking tours with stops at the abbey of Senanque!
And our cycling tours that follow paths near it: