DISCOVER THE LUBERON!
The richness of the Region is based in particular on the beauty of the surrounding villages, the Provençal markets, the monuments, and of course the nature so present in this landscape. Thesemust-see visits will seduce you:
The villages (Gordes, Roussillon, Oppède-le-Vieux, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, Fontaine de Vaucluse, l’Isle sur la Sorgue…),
The Provence markets (every day, a different Provencal market to discover),
Le Village des Bories in Gordes,
Sénanque Abbey in Gordes,
Saint Rémy de Provence,
Les Baux de Provence,
Avignon and the Palais des Papes,
Le Mont Ventoux,
Le Colorado Provençal à Rustrel,…
The Luberon, is a resting choice for many personalities.
Our region offers many excursionsboth varied and numerous: hikes and mountain biking on the Luberon paths, cycle touring, visits to wine cellars and olive groves…
You can try other activities such as ballooning, kayaking, horse-riding or treetop adventure…
Roussillon is also a village officially ranked amongst France’s most beautiful villages. It is famous as one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world. You’ll know everything about this natural pigment after a visit to the Conservatoire des ocres et de la couleur (Ochre and Colour Conservatory).
When walking on the Sentier des Ocres (Ochre Trail), you’ll be able to admire an entire landscape of oranges and yellows.
Oppède Le Vieux is a magnificent little village of the Luberon perched on a rocky buttress. This old village has managed to keep its wild environment, an exceptional site of forests, coombs and rocks. After a stroll through the lanes of the old village, Notre-Dame d’Alidon church and the ruins of the castle are to be discovered above it.
Another perched village of the Luberon…
Its castle which once belonged to the Marquis de Sade is now the property of the famous couturier Pierre Cardin. He started restoring it in 2001 to create a “local Saint-Tropez of culture”. From the castle esplanade, you’ll have breathtaking views over other Luberon villages and Mont Ventoux.
In the heart of the Luberon, Bonnieux is a typical village of Provence perched in layers on the hillside.
After climbing the stone steps to the old church, you’ll be rewarded by a superb view over Gordes.
Near Bonnieux, walkers and cyclists alike will enjoy discovering a forest of majestic cedars. This botanical trail with various circuits gives information on the typical plant species of the Luberon.
Fontaine de Vaucluse owes its fame to its spring which attracts numerous visitors each year. Number one in Europe by its sheer volume of water, it arises from a huge underground network. The river Sorgue mysteriously shoots up from this abyss.
Other discoveries await you such as the remains of the castle dating back to the 14th century and Notre-Dame Saint Véran church, a Monument Historique listed building. You can also visit the many craft workshops where you’ll be shown various skills by craftsmen and craftswomen.
Also officially ranked amongst France’s most beautiful villages, Ménerbes is a pretty little village completely integrated in the surrounding countryside.
Around the old ramparts, along a rocky crest, you’ll discover the old castle, the town-hall and the bell-tower with its wrought-iron top (18th-century belfry).
Don’t miss the magnificent views over the Luberon and the surrounding vineyards from the top of the village.
Being traversed by many canals, L’Isle sur la Sorgue is known as “the Venice of the Comtat Venaissin”. A few remaining water wheels are still turning and give the town a special charm. You can follow the Water Wheel Trail (information from the Tourist Office).
L’Isle sur la Sorgue is also famous for its art and antique shops. A very large international antiques and second-hand goods fair takes place each year at Easter and on 15th August.
The Provençal market on Sunday mornings is one of the most renowned in the region as well as its second-hand goods market once a month.