Real Provence - Luberon

Parc Naturel du Luberon

The Parc Naturel du Luberon is a designated region of outstanding natural beauty in southern Provence. This is an area of huge vistas and superbly varied scenery with stunning views at every turn. To the north is the wild mountain scenery of the Vaucluse hills and famous Mont Ventoux, and to the south the beautiful oak and pine covered slopes of the Grand and Petit Luberon mountains. The Luberon valley itself is a picturesque landscape of vineyards, cherry orchards and lavender fields enhanced by the stunning hilltop villages.

The area is superb for gourmet delights with many good restaurants and locally produced fruit, cheeses, honey and many other tempting delights. There are many very good local vineyards producing excellent Cotes de Ventoux and Cotes du Luberon with tastings available at all the small domaines as well as the two big 'cave cooperatives'.

Colourful provencal fabrics and beautiful table linen are available in the charming local markets together with a wide variety of pottery. Several of the villages have art galleries where you can view and buy from local artists.

It is a great area for walking and cycling and exploring the beautiful countryside on leisurely drives, letting the quiet country roads lead you on to discover the hidden corners of this lovely region. All times of the year have something to offer - cherry orchards in full bloom in early Spring, poppies dancing in the old dry stone walls in May, lavender wafting it's scent across the fields in June and July, simply relaxing by the pool in the August heat and in October the golds and reds of the vineyards give a warm glow to the hills. The area is renowned for its sunshine days and blue skies all year round.

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Just a few local sights not to be missed

The peaceful 12th century Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque with its beautifully simple architecture set in a quiet valley flanked by lavender fields.


The famous perched hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux and Menerbes all delightfully different and all with lovely panoramic views across the Luberon valley.


The unique ochre coloured village of Roussillon and the Colorado de Rustrel where you can wander through the red, orange and gold cliffs of the old ochre mines.


A drive to the top of Mont Ventoux. This bare topped mountain is known as the Giant of Provence. It is a mystical mountain to the provencals and on a clear day the views from the summit of the southern Alps and distant Camargue are just superb.

Mont Ventoux

Sunday morning in Isle sur la Sorgue, a charming riverside town renowned for its antiques galleries and especially the Sunday morning bric a brac and produce market held along the river quays.

Isle sur la Sorgue

In the South Luberon, the charming village of Lourmarin with its streets of honey coloured stone and lovely old chateau. The excellent Friday morning market is also worth a visit.


The Saturday morning market in Apt, one of the biggest and best in the area with the whole town taken over by stalls brimming with the best of local produce, colourful provencal fabrics and pottery.


The Foret des Cedres, on the mountain tops above Bonnieux the botanical trail in this forest of Atlas Cedars leads you to stunning views across the valley. A great place for a shady picnic in the heat of the day.

A short excursion away

Avignon with its glorious medieval architecture and sumptuous Papal Palace and famous annual festival in July.

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A short distance further is the charming university town of Aix-en-Provence with its lovely old town centre, designer shops, lively cafés and brasseries and associations with the painter Cézanne. For more information on our city stay in Aix >>Aix City Stay.

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St Remy

The olive growing area of the Alpilles and lively old town of St. Rémy with the nearby fortress village of Les Baux is an easy drive away and the Cotes du Rhone area of the Dentelles with lovely old Vaison la Romaine is a lovely day trip combining wine tastings with Roman history.


The lavender growing area around the town of Sault on the Vaucluse plateau nestling beneath the foothills of Mont Ventoux. A glorious sight in June and July.

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Page updated: 29-Nov-2018