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 Tuscany of Provence".
As you round the final bend on a pretty road lined with dry stone walls, Gordes arises majestically ahead of you, one of the hilltop “perched” villages classed among the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. An incredible setting with a superb view over the Luberon valley, charming cobbled lanes, opulent houses and a Renaissance château at the heart of the village...
Find out more here: Gordes Tourist Office
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 château 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 château.
Find out more here : The Château of Lourmarin
Before you arrive at this small pyramid-shaped village backing onto Mont Lubéron, from the road you will no doubt catch sight of the “Pont Julien” bridge dating from the Roman period, beautiful expanses of vines and pretty lavender fields for those lucky enough to visit during the season.
Once inside, let your instincts guide you along the narrow streets that lead you to the charming garden of La Louve.
For a gastronomic treat from a Michelin-starred chef, look no further than Edouard Loubet’s restaurant!
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.
Fontaine de Vaucluse
With its “gouffre” (chasm), the source of which remains a mystery to this day, Fontaine de Vaucluse is well worth a quick visit. This is the source of the Sorgue river, and its shades of blue and green are captivating as you follow its course along the path lined with plane trees, climbing to the spring itself.
Don’t miss the garden of Pétrarque, a lyrical poet from the 14th century who lived in Fontaine de Vaucluse for 20 years.