The Luberon mountain range stretches from west to east between Cavaillon and les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Its highest point is Mourre Nègre, which is 1124 metres high.
The beauty and variety of the landscape, ochre quarries, orchards as far as the eye can see, green hills and small stone villages perched on the hillside are exceptional. This natural beauty combined with its very diverse flora and fauna gives the present-day Parc Naturel Régional du Lubéron [Luberon Regional Nature Park] its characteristic richness.
Established in 1977, it takes in 67 municipalities between Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, from Cavaillon to Villeneuve. The main role of this park is to conserve the mountain range, and in turn to safeguard the rich and diverse natural environments. Another role of this park is to ensure its social and economic development, safeguard the unprotected rural heritage and create/maintain paths and routes which enable visitors to discover the natural environment.
A wide range of leisure pursuits are available in the Luberon. Its numerous trekking routes (for hikers, horse-riders, cyclists or mountain bikers) enable visitors to discover the fascinating nature all around them which is an integral part of the various leisure pursuits (in particular rock climbing on the cliffs and fishing on the watercourses).
Human occupation of this area is evident through the rich cultural heritage that the Luberon is home to. There are dry stone bories [huts] and low walls, chateaux and churches nestling in the heart of imposing fortified towns and villages perched on hills, etc. There are also plenty more places to discover. Apt, which is centrally placed in the region, is home to numerous treasures such as its large Saturday market which has been trading since the 12th century!
Here, you will certainly discover all of the Luberon’s specialities and know-how. You can buy crystallised fruit (Apt is French capital of crystallised fruit!) which has been produced here since the Middle Ages, pottery, for which production peaked in the 18th century, lavender and melons.
You really should sample the local gastronomy, washed down with “Côtes du Lubéron” AOC wines. The AOC vineyards in this region are confined to the most exposed hillsides and terraces which slope sharply down from the Luberon mountain range. Winegrowers from private and cooperative vineyards alike are always happy to welcome visitors and/or let them sample high-quality wines.
This lifestyle has attracted very many painters, authors and other artists, etc. To follow in their footsteps and fully appreciate this ‘dolce vita’ the Luberon has a varied range of high-quality accommodation to offer you, including hotels, gîtes, guest rooms and holiday rental properties, etc. In short, everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable stay...
Our suggestions ... What to see/do in the Luberon
de Sénanque [Sénanque Abbey]: one of the three Cistercian abbeys (dating back to the 12th century) in Provence, located in Gordes
La Route des Ocres [The Ochre Road]: in Roussillon, Rustrel and Gargas, real geological curiosities are waiting to be discovered by you! Quarries with their “blood red and gold” cliffs.
Luberon Regional Nature Park
The perched villages: Ansouis, Gordes and Ménerbes
Luberon chateaux: château de Gordes, château de la Tour-d'Aigues and château de Lacoste, etc.
Bories: rustic dry-stone buildings that were originally used by shepherds and peasants for shelter. There are lots of these in the Luberon.
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