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 20 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.