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Countryside and Villages

The beauty and variety of the landscape of this area of Provence are unsurpassed.

Whether you seek wild mountain country, gentle valleys dotted with fruit orchards, or cool wooded hills of oak and pine there is a place for you here. And as if that weren't enough, within this beautiful landscape are some of the most picturesque and ancient villages in France. Villages of honey coloured stone, steeped in history.

Perfect walking and cycling country, lovely spots in which to picnic on your fresh market purchases of goats cheese, succulent melon and apricots, subjects

too numerous to paint and photograph, pretty village squares to just sit and watch the world go by and quiet country restaurants to savour the best of local produce. We know the back roads and hidden corners of this beautiful region inside out so why not let us help you explore and find your perfect corner of Provence. Click on >> Tailor Made.

And if you are looking for a different way to explore Provence our >> Tour & Walk in the Luberon. holiday combines visits to the prettiest villages of the Luberon with leisurely self guided walks and strolls. Its a great way to discover this beautiful area.

Beautiful Countryside

The jagged limestone peaks of the Dentelles mountains stand high above the Cotes du Rhone vineyards and shimmer in the heat of the sun.

(Despite the dental references written sometimes, Dentelle refers to "lace like" shapes.)


The pine covered slopes of the Alpilles burst into flower in the Spring and hum with the sound of the cicadas during the hot summer months.


The wild mountains, deep river gorges and secret valleys of the of the Vaucluse. Follow the winding course of the Gorge de la Nesque or the peaceful valley de la Toulourenc around the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux. Just stand still and let the space surround you.


The green rolling hills and panoramic vistas of the Parc Naturel du Luberon present a more gentle face of Provence and a great sense of wellbeing under the hugeness of the sky.


Vineyards, olive groves, orchards of apples, apricots and cherries, golden wheat and purple lavender fields.


And towering above all, the 'giant of Provence' mythical Mont Ventoux appears repeatedly on the horizon with its white peak beckoning tantalisingly in the distance. The views from the summit give one of the broadest panoramic views in Europe, from the foothills of the Alps to the north to the Mediterranean in the south. Protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, you will find a unique collection of flora and fauna on its slopes.


The stunning hilltop villages of the Luberon - Gordes, Roussillon and Menerbes are simply the most renowned but ancient Oppède le Vieux, the cascading terraces of Bonnieux, delightfully pretty Joucas and Lacoste with its ruined chateau of the Marquis de Sade are just a few of many other delightful perched villages to be explored.


South of the Luberon mountains, the chateaux villages of Lourmarin, Ansouis and La Tour d'Aigues give another perspective to this region.


The Alpilles villages are of a different character - villages such as Eygalières and Fontvielle built of honey coloured stone warmed by the sun beneath the rugged slopes of the Alpilles mountains, and of course the most famous of them all, the medieval fortress of Les Baux perched atop a cliff top with views right across to the Camargue.


In the Cotes du Rhone area of the Dentelles the wine villages of Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise, Vaqueras, Séguret and Sablet nestle amongst the vineyards producing the wine which takes their name and on the eastern side of the mountain the charming villages of Le Crestet and Le Barroux offer magnificent views across to Mont Ventoux.


The rural villages of the Vaucluse mountains and plateau are of a more remote and sleepy nature but no less charming for that. Pretty Aurel looks across a peaceful lush green valley and is a favourite lunchtime spot for cyclists and walkers. Simiane la Rotonde stands high above the plain with views across the lavender fields below. And the old mountain village of Brantes in the Valley de la Toulourenc is perhaps one of the regions best kept secrets.

Page updated: 05-Dec-2018