Luberon must see/do?

Hello. My first trip to Provence and I'll be in Goult for a week so I'm calling on the experience of other travelers who have been there. Much appreciated.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6888 posts

Will you have a rental car? It's really essential if you want to see the multiple villages in the Luberon area. Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin are listed as three of the most beautiful villages in France. My wife and I have spent a few hours in each. Lourmarin is especially scenic. We had a wonderful lunch in the backyard of Brasserie L'insolete. It's a covered restaurant area. Quite nice.

Posted by etienne
atlanta
10 posts

Thanks for the info. We will have a car for sure. Just want to fit as much in a week as possible.

Posted by Bonnie
Acworth, Georgia, USA
56 posts

We spent a week in the Luberon last September (stayed in a small cottage near Grambois). Our favorite place by far was the Carriers de Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence. Here is the website: http://carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home. We would go back tomorrow. The town of Les Baux was lovely as well. Other sites we enjoyed were the Bories outside the town of Bonnieux (on the main road to Lourmarin - try this website (although it is in French) - http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/luberon/village-des-bories/#.U0nGuldFF8s) and the Citadel in Sisteron. The Luberon is a lovely area of France - you will enjoy it.

Posted by Dorothy
New York City, NY
124 posts

Lucky you!
Just wanted to add that you shouldn't miss Roussillon, which, in addition to being a gorgeous village, has ochre cliffs outside of it that you can walk around - all in amazing shapes and the most beautiful shades of purple, red, lavender, orange, and brown imaginable.

Enjoy!

Posted by leonrex47
17 posts

Hello everyone. We read all the posts here regarding the Luberon in Provence. We are also doing a one-weeker in the Luberon area. My question is: are there good wineries/vineyards to visit and do wine tasting?

Posted by Grier
Carmel, IN
1167 posts

I agree with the markets suggestion. The Friday market in Lourmarin is my favorite. Not sure how far you're willing to drive but a day trip to Vaison la Romaine is nice, the medieval city is worth seeing and there is a large Thursday market. Near Vaison is Seguret and the Domaine de Mourchon, a wonderful place for wine tasting and beautiful views. Another worthwhile day trip is Pont du Gard. Do you have Rick's Provence book? Have a wonderful trip.

Posted by Grier
Carmel, IN
1167 posts

Also, Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and his novel Hotel Pastis are set in the Luberon and are fun reads.

Posted by leonrex47
17 posts

Hi Grier,
Thanks fr the suggestions. We were thinking about the area around Vaison le Romaine as our 2nd option, since this would probably entailed an overnight in that area. We will be based on a little village 20 min ne of Aix. Also, Pont de Gard was in our list of places to hit. Lookng at the Provence map, can these two places be done in 2day/1night trip? Don't want to rush the visit. No haven't read Peter Mayle's book, A Year in Provence. That's next on the 'must' read list, for now we've been concentrating in RS's Provence guide book. Again thank you.

Posted by Grier
Carmel, IN
1167 posts

leonrex47, yes, you can see Vaison la Romaine and that area in a day, then do Pont du Gard another day. I have stayed in Lourmarin, Carpentras, and Arles and done day trips around Provence. You might consider staying in one place. The distances aren't that far.

Posted by Sue
Navarre, FL
10 posts

When we are Provence, we love to go the Tuesday market in Gordes and then go to Lacoste for lunch. Eat at Cafe de France and sit outside. It has an amazing view across the valley of Bonnieux.

Posted by Linda
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
327 posts

I really loved L'Isle-sur-la-sorgue and they have an incredible market on Sundays. The town sits right on the Sorgue River and has big moss-covered water wheels and lots of ducks. It's a very charming little town. I also loved Roussillon and Gordes.