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Recommendations for a town to use as base to explore Provence & places to visit

Hello!

My husband and I will be traveling to Provence for a week later this May on our way to La Lozère and would greatly appreciate your recommendations!
- A town to use as a home base to explore Provence and the Lubéron on day trips
- Favorite places and towns to visit
- Favorite hikes or walks
- Affordable hotel or B&B suggestions would be lovely too!

While I enjoy Aix-en-Provence, we prefer to stay in smaller towns and to stay in just one place. Meeting locals is often a highlight of our trips. We will have a rental car. In terms of accommodations, we prefer simple places, preferably wit

Some of the places in Provence we would like to visit include:
- Bouc Bel Air
- Mimet
- Gréasque
- St Remy
- Mont Sainte Victoire

In the Lubéron
- Lourmarin
- Roussillon
Gordes
- Ansouis
- Bonnieux

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I think Lourmarin itself, or Ansouis, could work quite well as a single base for the places you mention. Ansouis has very limited accommodation, Lourmarin has more.

By the way, why Bouc Bel Air, Mimet and Greasque if I may ask? Family/friend connections? If it is just for tourism, I would really give that area a miss.