THE LUBERON HILLTOP VILLAGES
Luberon is the name of this magic mountain range,
famous world wide, enriched by its stones, its castles, its luminosity
This is the real Provence, full of character.
A sweet dolce vita of a climate and pure clean air which just breathes
the incredible contrasts between a rich, and variable natural environment
: the blue strides of lavender, the subtle nuances of green in the forests,
the flamboyant and blinding colours of the cliffs of ochre, or the austere
white of the limestone hills.
It is the place of choice for many artists (painters, sculptors, writers,
Mostly on the Northern part, on the side of the hills,
several picturesque villages are perched, overlooking the valley. In
order to protect themselves from pillagers, the inhabitants, during
centuries, have patiently built, stone by stone, their houses, closed
to the seigniorial castle.
Nowadays this charming villages, with their tiny narrow
streets and amazing shaded squares are classified among the most beautiful
ones in France.
Nevertheless, each one has its own personality and its own attractive
9:00am Pick up
9:40 Drive through the genuine tiny medieval village of Maubec, picture stop
10:00 View on the impressive village of Ménerbes all built on a rocky spur
10:15 Gentle hike down the coble stone streets of Lacoste, crowned by the fortress that once belonged to the famous Marquis de Sade
11:15 Discover the hilltop village of Bonnieux, from where there is an astonishing view on the Calavon valley (Luberon)
12:00 after a glance on a very well preserved roman bridge, lunch in the reddish village of Roussillon and stroll
02:15 View on the picturesque hilltop village of Gordes and the romanesque abbey of Sénanque
04:00 Drive back
05:00 Drop off