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Luberon. Why this place should be on your France travel itinerary


Luberon is a natural and artistic paradise with a thousand shades of green. It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and enjoy the natural beauty of Provence. Here are some tips on how to make your time in this beautiful region even more memorable

The breath taking nature of Luberon area

The breath taking nature

The Luberon is a mountainous area with its own special charm. The landscape is dotted with vineyards and olive groves, rivers and lakes which make this region an ideal place for hikers. You will be amazed by the colours of the earth, sky and smell of the air that will fill your senses with delight.

A thousand different colours, smells and feelings

The Luberon is a region in Provence that’s full of contrasts and contradictions. It’s unknown yet not hidden, it’s quiet but also buzzing with life, it’s wild but also home to one of the most famous food markets in France.

It’s hard to pin down what makes this place so special. The first thing that comes to mind are the colours: yellow gorse flowers, blue skies and greenery all year round – even when you’re visiting during winter! Then there’s all the wonderful smells from lavender fields or wood smoke from local fires burning in your fireplace-equipped chalet. And finally there are those feelings – happiness at having escaped city life for a few weeks; gratitude towards nature for providing such beautiful landscapes; excitement at discovering new places and activities…

Five things to do in the Luberon area

Whether you’re visiting the Luberon area or are simply passing through, the villages and towns are a must-visit.

  • Roussillon: This village is known for its colorful houses and views of Mont Ventoux.
  • Bonnieux: The town was once home to many artists, including Jean Cocteau and Paul Cézanne.
  • Lacoste: A small town that overlooks two valleys—the Valley de la Durance and the Valley des Merveilles. It’s also known for its wine industry, which attracts tourists from all over France each year during harvest time (late September).
  • Gordes: This small hilltop village has panoramic views that stretch across the entire Luberon region from its highest point at 1,397 feet above sea level! You can hike here by taking one of several trails leading up from various points around Gordes; however don’t forget about your camera because these views alone will make every step worth it! There are also many shops where you can buy local products such as jams made with lavender flowers grown right in town.”

The ancient towns

The towns in the Luberon are among the most beautiful in France. Three of them, Apt, Gordes and Bonnieux have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Apt is an ancient town located at the foot of the Côtes du Rhone Valley, which was founded by the Celts. It has a population of about 15,000 inhabitants and it’s known for its Roman ruins and medieval buildings.
  • Gordes is home to a beautiful castle that was built in 12th century by Countess Laure de Castellane-La Tour while Bonnieux is a hillside village with an interesting history dating back from Roman times until today when it became famous for its vineyards producing excellent wines such as Syrahs or Grenache Blancs for example.

The best of the local Provencal market

Of course, the market is also a great place to get local produce. It’s a good idea to stop by and pick up some fresh bread, cheese and wine to enjoy with lunch on your balcony or in the shade under a tree.

There are always lots of stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, but it’s also worth visiting the stalls for regional products like honey from local beekeepers and jams made from ingredients grown locally in their own gardens.

Discover the tastes of Provence in Luberon

You’ll find the cuisine in this region to be quite delicious. There are plenty of fresh vegetables, meat, and seafood dishes to try. A few local favorites include ratatouille (a stew made with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and onions) and bouillabaisse (a fish stew prepared with olive oil). In terms of wine, look out for Cotes du Luberon wines which are produced locally by over 100 small vineyards. If you want to try something sweet after dinner or as a snack during the day then go for lavender or honey ice cream or brioche bread pudding!

And the local drinks!

The Luberon is a wine-producing region, and its unique wines can be found in many parts of France—especially in restaurants that have a reputation for serving local dishes. The area is also known for its fortified wines (wines with added alcohol), including the famous vin de Pays d’Oc. If you’re traveling elsewhere in France, keep an eye out for these drinks while you’re dining out:

  • Coteaux Varois: A rosé that’s named after the Var region, it’s made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes.
  • Vin de Pays d’Oc: This sweet wine gets its name from the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) zone where it was produced. Its most common varietals are Roussanne and Grenache Noir grapes, which give it both sweetness and body.
  • Faugère: A red grape from France’s Rhone Valley region known for being exceptionally high quality—it won’t cost much more than other similar French wines but has many times more flavor!

The festivals!

The festivals in the Luberon are an experience unlike any other. Each year, two different festivals take place (one of lavender and one of roses) where there’s live music, food stalls and lots of people having a good time. The festival is held in July or August.

The most famous festival takes place in Apt during the month of July—it lasts for three days and includes lots of music from local musicians! It’s also a great opportunity to learn all about Provençal culture while enjoying yourself at this fun-filled celebration!.

The art!

  • Apt has a museum dedicated to the art of the region. The Museum of Art and History (Musee Guimet) is located in Apt and features a collection of paintings, sculptures and other artworks from the Luberon.
  • It’s free to visit! The museum is open from 10am to 6pm every day except Monday and Thursday, when it closes at 5pm.
  • There’s also a cafe on site where you can buy refreshments during your visit; there’s also a gift shop if you want some souvenirs for yourself or friends back home.

Luberon is a beautiful, serene, natural and arty place to visit.

Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France, Luberon is an enchanting place to visit. This region has a stunning natural beauty and is home to some of France’s most beautiful villages. The area is also known for its art, culture, and history that visitors can enjoy while exploring the area on foot or by bike.

The main attraction of Luberon is its beautiful landscape. Visitors will find lush green forests filled with trees such as pines and cypresses along with rolling hills and winding roads that lead to picturesque villages nestled into the mountainsides overlooking picturesque valleys below them such as Roussillon or Gordes.

Visitors who love nature will enjoy hiking in this part of France where you can explore trails through forests or walk along cliffs overlooking valleys below them such as Roussillon or Gordes that are filled with vineyards producing wine from grapes grown there since Roman times when Julius Caesar planted first vines here during his conquest across Gaul (France).

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you now feel even more excited about the Luberon region to visit. It is truly a place worth discovering!

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