Restaurants near Carcasonne and Apt
Hi All -- I'll be traveling with friends who love to eat in southern France during the last week of August. We'll be spending two nights in Carcasonne and two night in Apt (just north of Aix-en-Provence). Does anyone have any suggestions of incredible restaurants in/near these places? We'd prefer to take dinners near these towns, as we like to drink and don't want to have to drive anywhere. But, we plan to take day trips during the days and would happily plan a trip around a long lunch.
Also -- I understand that it is the wine crush in the region and vineyards all have food and wine festivals to celebrate. Any idea where I could find more information on these celebrations?
In Apt, the only fine place to eat, recommended by Alain Ducasse himself, is: Bistrot de France, in the town center.
We stayed just outside Apt last September. One place you should definitely try is Hotel du Presbytere up in the hill town of Saignon.. right outside Apt. It's a charming little village and that restaurant is always full so book ahead. We had two very good dinners there. They also serve lunch. Another favorite of mine (the best Sunday lunch around)Auberge de la Loube in Bioux. It's a short ride from Apt.
Also at at Auberge de la Loube. It's mentioned in Rick Steve's travel book. Incredible Sunday lunch! Didn't realize that it was cash only until the check came and we had no cash. Panic set in. The owner told us not to worry. He said we could either send a check from the states, stop by with cash when we get some or come by on another trip to the area to pay! Way more relaxed than expected.
Oh boy...there are a bunch of fabulous restaurants near Apt. We were in St. Saturnin Les Apt (the next village over) for a week in June and ate very well. In Goult (outside of the village, actually) is Auberge du Fiacre. Cute family bistro with decent prices and fabulous food - the best creme brulee we have had. Ever.
Here's a great web site for restaurants and traveling in the Luberon area of Provence:
Thanks for the great suggestions. I'm traveling to the Luberon too, in August, staying in Bonnieux, so the website looks particularly helpful!
Zuriga1-Do you have directions to/contact info for Auberge de la Loube in Bioux? I couldn't find anything by googling. Or is the town so small that we will find it and be okay without a reservation? We will be going to the sunday market at Isle de la Sorgue and will want lunch after.