Just the Best Ice-Cream in Provence in Ansouis
This Wednesday, April 15th, L’Art Glacier reopens after its winter break. This is a restaurant tucked away on a wooded hillside near Ansouis and is well-worth seeking out. It has a fabulous terrace which overlooks the Luberon and its ice-creams and sorbets must be the best ever! Explore the original post
767 Chemin des Hautes Terres,
84240 Ansouis, France
They offer 50 Flavours of ice cream and sorbet
Hours and opening days change with the seasons, check the website for details.
This artisanal ice cream is by the Perrière family, who have held the titles of Maîtres Glacier and Maîtres Artisans Glacier for two generations.
Perched on a craggy outcrop with its back to the Mistral wind, Ansouis is a gem of a village in Provence’s Vaucluse that deserves its status as one of les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Ansouis sits in the heart of intertwined vineyards and endless olive trees. Walk the narrow laneways to the top of the village, by the church, for expansive views of the Grand Luberon range and the Durance River Valley. Physically elevated above the main route between Aix-en-Provence and Apt, the fortified hamlet’s residents were provided visibility to movement in the area during the Middle Ages.
Today, the town remains a hamlet with barely more than 1,000 permanent residents. As a result of the compact footprint, Ansouis delivers photo-ops at every turn. There are tiny alleys, houses built into ancient ramparts, stone facades with brightly painted shutters, and a medieval castle. The privately-owned Château d’Ansouis is not open to the public for guided visits at this time.
Plan to arrive in Ansouis hungry and with a reservation at Michelin 1-star restaurant La Closerie with limited space for diners.
Ansouis Visitor Tips
Parking can be challenging at busy times of the year, but the village is small, so once you find a spot, it’s not far away from the old town.
The market takes place on Sunday mornings.
Make sure to visit:
Église Saint-Martin d’Ansouis, dating from the 12th century, this medieval church sits in a commanding position at the village’s top. The austere exterior does not give any clues to the light-filled interior.
Château d’Ansouis (the castle) is no longer accessible for guided tours, but you can peek through the iron gate and get glimpses from different angles in the village.