With its quaint villages and diverse landscapes, the Luberon has so much to offer, especially for those who love the great outdoors. Nestled in the heart of sunny Provence, less than an hour from the hillsides of Aix-en-Provence which are home to Château Gassier, this idyllic rural region is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Let’s take a closer look at our favorite 3 villages to visit in the Luberon: Roussillon, Gordes & Fontaine de Vaucluse.
Roussillon, in the heart of the ocher lands!
Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, the village of Roussillon is situated in what is Europe’s largest ocher mine and you certainly can’t miss it with brightly colored ocher facades. Brimming with narrow, winding streets, quaint squares and undeniable charm, Roussillon is the perfect place to relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Luberon. This unique village will leave a lasting impression with its natural palette of colors.
You may wish to continue your visit with a walk along the region’s ocher pathways which are positively aglow with their warm tones and shades. The American dream, you say? Well you don’t need to go as far as the States since the Luberon has earned itself the nickname of the Provencal Colorado! Composed of ancient ocher quarries and swathed in tones of pale yellow to bright red, it has been likened to the great national parks of Western America. These beautiful landscapes with their jaw dropping hiking trails are easily accessible for adults and children alike.
Gordes, the true icon of the Luberon!
Gordes is a postcard village surrounded by olive groves, almond groves, fig trees, stone walls and beautiful country homes and really is everything you could expect from beautiful Provence! Gordes has been named ‘Most Beautiful Village in France’ and it certainly lives up to its reputation.
Gordes is exactly how you would imagine a Provencal perched village to be. It has been endlessly photographed, written about and admired and owes its fame to illustrative artists such as Marc Chagall and Jean Deyrolle who captured its beauty and left a cultural imprint on these landscapes. The artistic vocation of Gordes has been undisputed since the 1940’s with endless exhibitions and concerts hosted throughout the year. Whilst its beauty, unique location and cultural aura have made Gordes one of Provence’s most chic villages, it has by no means lost its close links to its terroir and traditions. From its restored stoned pathways, the castle square and its fountain, its traditional boutiques and stands, your eyes won’t know where to look next!
If you decide to pay a visit to Gordes then make sure you to stop by the Provencal market which is held every Tuesday right beside the Château. The Gordes market is filled with fresh, sun-drenched products and has become a true institution in Provence!