The Luberon region
There are many other authentic and picturesque villages to discover in the Luberon. Beyond Gordes, with its commanding Renaissance castle, other charming places include Bonnieux with its steep cobblestone streets and Cucuron, one of the liveliest places in the area. And be sure to see the other beautiful hilltop villages such as Lourmarin, Roussillon, Saignon and Ménerbes.
Nature in the Luberon is generous, colourful, surprising, sometimes a bit austere, but full of charm. The ocre soils are probably the most stunning landscapes of the region, evidenced by the “Colorado Provençal” of Rustrel or the ocre cliffs in Roussillon. You may learn more about the ocre production during a visit of the mines near Bruoux and the “Okhra” information centre in Roussillon.
The Luberon also hosts an outstanding architectural heritage, a delight for those who love history and old stones. Among the most remarkable places are the castle of Lacoste and the 12th century Sénanque Abbey, still inhabited by monks. The “Village des Bories”, a settlement of ancient rural stone dwellings in Gordes, is characteristic of the heritage of the Luberon. And do not forget all the historical monuments in the small towns and villages.
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, two picturesque small towns, are perfect for bargain hunters and relaxing in the cafés and restaurants on the riverside. Beginning and expert hikers will enjoy the trails leading to mount Mourre Nègre which provides an incredible summit view.