The Luberon: one of the most beautiful regions in France
26th August, 2016
The Luberon is a distinctive region of Provence, and one of
the most beautiful areas of France, known for its wild natural beauty. While
the major towns of Provence such as Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence are less
than an hour away, the Luberon itself is a quiet landscape where the locals
live in scenic, historic hilltop villages.
While the mountains of the Luberon, which have helped the
area to be crowned as a National Park, characterise much of the landscape, the
Luberon really stands out in that much of the landscape features ochre. Ochre
is a natural orange-coloured pigment which you can find today adding colour and
brightness to many of the traditional houses, as well as on bold and
distinctive cliffs and rock faces. In the village of Roussillon in particular,
you’ll witness the spectacular sight of the buildings seemingly blending into
their ochre surroundings.
Many of the villages in the Luberon have been described as
some of the most beautiful in France, such as Gordes, Bonnieux and Lourmarin.
They paint an idyllic picture of Provence, characterised by drystone walls,
terraced fields, and shaded squares with fountains and café terraces, and
surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards.
During the summer especially the region also comes alive
with traditional events. Most of the villages will hold a regular Provencal
market, while outdoor concerts, operas and theatre performances make for nights
to remember. However you decide to spend your time at our villas in Provence,
you’ll find that visiting the Luberon region is an unmissable experience and that
it is truly different to anywhere else in France. Image: Salva
Barbera, available under Creative Commons