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Luberon: beauty, luminosity, lifestyle

 

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Wonderful luminosity, a gentle lifestyle and warm colours engulf the Luberon range s and the villages nestled in its hills – five are ranked as among "the most beautiful villages in France".

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Gordes - hilltop village

Gordes - hilltop village © BISET V. / Coll ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Lacoste

Lacoste village © LAURIN M. / Coll. ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

The colorado Provençal

The colorado Provençal © LAURIN M. / Coll. ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

Roussillon - athe colors of ocher

Roussillon - the colors of ocher © TARDIEU N. / Coll. ADT Vaucluse Tourisme

  • Gordes
  • Lacoste
  • Colorado Provençal
  • Roussillon

 

The villages in the Luberon in south of France overlook the tranquil course of the Durance river. Sun-gilded drystone walls, ochre-washed homes, terraced fields and shady squares with gurgling fountains all contribute to the warm and gentle lifestyle which dominates here. Artists and craftspersons hone their talents in each village. Vineyards and cherry orchards dot the hillsides, and the plains are planted with gorgeous fruit, including one of the jewels in Provence’s crown, the melon from Cavaillon.

 

 

The Luberon range peaks at 1125 meters altitude. Hiking paths beckon to all levels of walkers. Abundant flora and fauna are protected by the Luberon Regional Natural Park which covers most of the territory here.

 

 

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Ochres of Gargas

 

First, there are the colours of the earth: red, yellow and even crimson when the sun goes down. There is also the contrast with the colour of the sky and the colours of the vegetation. Here, one has no choice but to acknowledge that is an exceptional landscape.

Land is streaked with colour here – red, yellow, scarlet and every shade in between – even when the sun is down !

 

And the contrast with the deep blue of the sky and the intense green of the vegetation adds to the beauty. No doubt about it – this is a very special place.

 

The Ochre Trail in Roussillon and the Provençal Colorado in Rustrel are good ways to discover the geological phenomenon of the ochre sands. Here you can walk through the multi-colored sands along a trail with explanatory signs which discuss the formation and mining of the ochre sands. In Roussillon – the Conservatory of Ochres and Applied Pigments welcomes your visit. This is a former ochre factory where there are now classes, workshops and guided visits.

Luberon Castel and gardens

 

Five of the villages ranked as “Most beautiful villages in France” nestle in the Luberon hills: Ansouis, Lourmarin, Ménerbes, Roussillon, and Gordes, with Sénanque Abbey and the bories.

Beautiful castles in the Luberon include the Château de Lourmarin, the first Renaissance castle in Provence, the Château d’Ansouis with its lovely gardens, and the Château de la Tour d’Aigues. Some castles (Lourmarin, Lacoste and Gordes) house museums and collections and festivals.

 

Plant and garden lovers will delight in the terraces at the Château de Lauris and the Domaine Val Joanis. Be sure to explore the Roman Gardens in Caumont sur Durance and the Gerbaud Farm in Lourmarin, specialised in aromatic plants.

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EXPLORING NATURE IN THE LUBERON

EXPLORING NATURE IN THE LUBERON

You can discover Luberon on bicycles by biking all or part of the 236-km marked circuit which takes you entirely through the Luberon. The bike paths are old country roads selected for the beauty of the landscapes and sites such as Oppède-le-Vieux, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Lourmarin?

 

 

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