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Roads in the Luberon

I am afraid of driving mountain roads that are narrow and winding with blind curves and drop offs. How are the roads in the Luberon?
Carol

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I don't recall that the roads in Luberon were particularly treacherous. The roads up to the hill Towns can be steep, twisty, and narrow, but I don't remember any real drop offs. You could check In at the local tourist information offices to inquire before attempting to go up to the Towns. I think Gorges and Roussillon are two hill Towns worth the trip. The lower roads are perfectly good. D roads are usually good routes. N roads are more direct routes. Get a good local map with lots of detail and stay on the main roads and you should be fine.

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Another thought. If you are truly afraid of driving on mountain roads, then don't attempt to go to the Luberon. There are plenty of wonderful Towns and villages in Provence that are in the flat land, or you could opt to visit La Camargue, which being an estuary is flat as well as being very interesting. Again, be sure to get a good map of the area. Don't simply depend on GPS.

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Hi Carol, we took a minivan tour from Avignon to the Luberon villages of Gordes & Roussillon with a stop at the lavender museum & lavender monastery fields. I don't remember any cliff drop-offs, but the country roads were windy. Since you'll want to enjoy your time, you might want to check out options to ride, instead.

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Narrow: You have to pull over for oncoming traffic to get by.

Twisty: If you were pulling a horse trailer, you'd chop off his tail with your front bumper.

Drop Offs: Not so bad.

Example: Hwy 92 across Timp is a freeway in comparison.