Incredible Banon !

Between a delicatessen that exports its specialties throughout the whole world and a bookshop that could compete with the biggest names, Banon is quite simply extraordinary.
By Caroline Taret

Despite only one thousand inhabitants, Banon benefits from a healthy notoriety thanks to its eponymous cheese with a pronounced flavor wrapped in a chestnut leaf. But that’s not all! More than just a curiosity, the village bookshop Le Bleuet is an institution in the region. Its founder and owner Joël Gattefossé, mad about literature and quite the visionary, has managed to create a sophisticated place more than 45 kilometers from Apt. Thousands of references are stacked side by side literally from the floor to the ceiling, which between now and next summer will get an ecological extension below the village. The project, as mad as it is seductive, will be able to satisfy book lovers in France and around the world thanks to the Internet.On the village square, we also find an accumulation of objects and treasures at the artisanal small goods store run by Clauvis Melchio, a young man as talented as he is friendly. To complete the experience, he also sells a pork sausage specialty known as La Brindille, which will make one’s mouth water at any hour of the day. All of Provence’s craftsmanship is concentrated at Clauvis’ place, since he also offers a selection of specialties from local producers.

To visit in the region


It’s the quintessential Provencal village, between the authentic architecture and historic buildings. You simply must stop and visit the market, one of the most important in Provence. Don’t forget to try the candied fruits, a local specialty.

The Mathieu chandelier workshop in Gargas

Our favorite, this former ochre factory has been transformed by the Mathieu family into a chandelier workshop where they restore and make sublime chandeliers that contrast with the red earth, a shock!


The little village in the Luberon rhymes with orange: at the heart of the Ochre Mountains, this village is dressed in the most beautiful tones of Provence’s own Colorado.

ôkhra – Ochre and Color Conservatory

Set up by Matthieu Barrois this place reconstitutes the formidable history of the extraction of Provence ochre and conserves the colored pigments. A place of discovery and learning, but also research.


Le Bleuet
Place Saint Just
04150 Banon
T 04 92 73 25 85 

La Brindille Melchio
04150 Banon 

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