The Parc Naturel du Luberon is a designated region of outstanding natural beauty in southern Provence. This is an area of huge vistas and superbly varied scenery with stunning views at every turn. To the north is the wild mountain scenery of the Vaucluse hills and famous Mont Ventoux, and to the south the beautiful oak and pine covered slopes of the Grand and Petit Luberon mountains. The Luberon valley itself is a picturesque landscape of vineyards, cherry orchards and lavender fields enhanced by the stunning hilltop villages.
The area is superb for gourmet delights with many good restaurants and locally produced fruit, cheeses, honey and many other tempting delights. There are many very good local vineyards producing excellent Cotes de Ventoux and Cotes du Luberon with tastings available at all the small domaines as well as the two big 'cave cooperatives'. Colourful provencal fabrics and beautiful table linen are available in the charming local markets together with a wide variety of pottery. Several of the villages have art galleries where you can view and buy from local artists.
It is a great area for walking and cycling and exploring the beautiful countryside on leisurely drives, letting the quiet country roads lead you on to discover the hidden corners of this lovely region. All times of the year have something to offer - cherry orchards in full bloom in early Spring, poppies dancing in the old dry stone walls in May, lavender wafting it's scent across the fields in June and July, simply relaxing by the pool in the August heat and in October the golds and reds of the vineyards give a warm glow to the hills. The area is renowned for its sunshine days and blue skies all year round. Explore this lovely area from your base in one of our charming holiday houses.
The village nestles into the side of the Vaucluse hills with beautiful views from the windmill and ruined chateau across the whole of the Luberon valley. St. Saturnin has everything for your everyday needs with two excellent bakers, a butcher and a small supermarket, a doctor and pharmacy, a news agent, shops selling locally produced olive oil, wine and ceramics plus two good restaurants and cafe bars.
Famous for its Saturday market of provencal fabrics, pottery and local produce, the old centre of Apt offers many unusual small shops as well as supermarkets, banks and garages plus many restaurants and cafe bars. A great base for stocking up or just wandering through the ancient streets.
One of the 'plus beaux villages de France' Roussillon is at the heart of the Luberon valley. Famous for its unique red ochre cliffs, the lovely old buildings in the village centre reflect these red and yellow colours and there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside around every corner. The village has several restaurants and bars, a baker and butcher plus many interesting pottery and art shops.
Both villages are at the western end of the Petit Luberon hills. Just 10 minutes from the market town of Cavaillon with its superb Monday morning market, both Les Taillades and Maubec have all you need for your every day needs with a small supermarket and boulangerie and a friendly local restaurant in each village.
The peaceful Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque in its peaceful valley setting flanked by lavender fields. The perched hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux and Menerbes all delightfully different and all with lovely panoramic views across the Luberon valley. The unique ochre coloured village of Roussillon and the Colorado de Rustrel where you can wander through the red, orange and gold cliffs of the old ochre mines. A drive to the top of Mont Ventoux. This bare topped mountain is known as the Giant of Provence. It is a mystical mountain to the provencals and on a clear day the views from the summit of the southern Alps and distant Camarge are just superb. Sunday morning in Isle sur la Sorgue, a charming riverside town renowned for its antiques galleries and especially the Sunday morning bric a brac and produce market held along the river quays.
Avignon with its glorious medieval architecture and sumptuous Papal Palace is around 45 minutes drive. A short distance further is the charming university town of Aix-en-Provence with its lovely old town centre, designer shops, lively cafes and brasseries and associations with the painter Cezanne. The olive growing area of the Alpilles and lively old town of St. Remy with the nearby fortress village of Les Baux is an easy drive away and the Cotes du Rhone area of the Dentelles with lovely old Vaison la Romaine is a lovely day trip combining wine tastings with Roman history. The lavender growing area around the town of Sault on the Vaucluse plateau nestling beneath the foothills of Mont Ventoux. A glorious sight in June and July. And a bit further afield The famous Roman theatre at Orange and Arles with its superb Roman remains and pretty medieval streets are both within easy exploring distance. The pretty fishing village of Cassis east of Marseille with its charming harbourside restaurants and pleasant beach is about 1 hour 30 minutes away and for wine connoisseurs, the celebrated vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape are a similar distance.