Hiking in the Luberon and Provence
One of the best ways to experience the charms and beauty of
Provence is to get out for a walk in the countryside. The Luberon
is an ideal location for doing just that thanks to the numerous well
marked trails and the fact that the varied topography ensures
there is something for everybody - from casual strolls to vigorous
all day hikes.
We love hiking and have many guidebooks and detailed hiking
maps available for our guests. And above all, we have lots of
suggestions. Just let us know the length and the level of difficulty
you're looking for and we'll be happy to direct you.
To provide some inspiration, here are just a few of our favorite
walks and hikes:
The Perréal Hill - our inn is named after this hill which sits in a
strategic location just in the center of the northern Luberon
valley. It's a very pleasant one hour walk to the top from where
you'll have 360-degree views taking in many of the most famous
villages as well as the Mont Ventoux off in the distance. There's
also a lovely little chapel, some ruins (dating from the 6th century
BC) and best of all, an absolutely perfect spot to have a picnic.
The "Colorado" of Provence - is the best place to see the
dazzling ochre cliffs of the Luberon. It's about a 15 minute drive
from our inn and you can chose either to do a relaxed hour long
walk at the bottom of the cliffs or the longer circular walk (about 3
1/2 hours) which takes you up above the cliffs for some
spectacular views of the area.
The Château du Bois - in the heart of lavender country on the
plateau d'Albion high up above our village. It's about a 30 minute
drive to the château - the largest true lavender farm in France.
Once there, you just park your car and walk through the fields.
It's easy going, being relatively flat on the plateau and the views
are just amazing. Oceans of blue reaching to the horizon dotted
with the Luberon, Vaucluse, Ventoux and Lure mountains. Great
any time of the year, spectacular in the summer.
The Falaise de Lioux - another excellent circular hike which
starts at the tiny, seemingly forgotten village of Lioux (about a 10
minute drive from our place). The first half of the hike takes you
along the base of the cliff eventually coming to the top from where
you walk back down along the edge and around to the starting
point. The views of the Luberon mountain range and the villages
of Roussillon and Gordes are stunning.
The Crest of the Luberon - you'll need to drive about 30
minutes to reach the tiny village of Sivergue, right in the heart of
the Luberon mountains. The hike starts at a working goat farm
nearby and climbs sharply for a kilometer to reach the crest of the
Luberon. From there, the walk is relatively flat in either direction
along the crest and on a clear day you're rewarded with
tremendous views reaching from the Mediterranean looking south
to the Alps looking northwest. A second reward awaits back below
as the goat farm does great "ferme auberge" lunches and
Ochre cliffs in the Colorado of Provence.
Oceans of lavender at the Château du Bois.
View of Lioux from the cliff edge.
Goat farm - near the crest of the Luberon.