The villages of the Luberon
Take a day to visit the Luberon Regional Nature Park and discover its array of small perched villages, so typical of Provence, and its undulating natural landscape referred to by some as "the little Toscana of Provence".
After the last bends of a pretty road lined with dry stone walls, Gordes emerges, a perched village classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France".
An exceptional location with a superb view of the Luberon valley, charming cobbled streets, rich houses, and a Renaissance castle in the heart of the village...
Find out more here: Gordes Tourist Office
Places to visit around: The Cellars of the Saint-Firmin Palace, the "Village des Bories” open-air museum, and the Sénanque Abbey
From atop its rocky plateau overlooking the “garrigue” (brush land) and vineyards of the Luberon, and made famous by Peter Mayle in his book "A Year in Provence", the Ménerbes citadel and its castle stand watch over the plain... Food and wine connoisseurs can indulge their senses during a visit to the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin!
Find out more here: Ménerbes
Lourmarin is a village of artists, and listed among the "Most Beautiful Villages in France".
A typical picturesque village where life is good... We particularly like its 15th-century casle.
Find out more here : The Château of Lourmarin
Before arriving in this small pyramidal village leaning against the Mont Luberon, you will probably be able to see from the road, the "Pont Julien" dating from Roman times, beautiful stretches of vineyards and beautiful fields of lavender for the luckiest people coming in season.
Once inside, let your instincts guide you through the narrow streets that will lead you to the charming Jardin de la Louve.
Classed among the "Most beautiful villages in France", Roussillon is the second most visited village in the Luberon after Gordes. The village is built at the top of an ochre cliff face, and offers visitors a perfect blend of colours with its stones, roofs and façades mirroring the red tones of the neighbouring landscape...
Find out more : site de l'Office de Tourisme de Roussillon
Lacoste is a small stone village perched on its own hillside where the Middle Ages and Renaissance collide in the traditional architectural features of its houses, and its arched passageways...
The village has been the epitome of glamour and luxury since the arrival of the famous fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, who renovated the château that once belonged to the Marquis de Sade, along with thirty or so other houses where he has stamped his mark.
Art in its all its forms is well- represented and, as you walk around, you will stumble across various art galleries, lending the village the feel of a museum.
A lyrical art festival is held here every July.