The Luberon Valley

A seductive landscape of vineyards and orchards, fascinating ‘perched’ hilltop villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne… welcome to the Luberon (External link) , immortalised on many an Impressionist canvas and made famous by Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence and its film adaptation, A Good Year. Some say this is Provence at its finest, a lazy pocket of land away from the rush of the coast and focused on pure French ‘joie de vivre’: markets, wine, nature and scenery, all of which a holiday here will take in. This is the real Provence, full of character. A sweet dolce vita of a climate and pure clean air which just breathes the incredible contrasts between a rich, and variable natural environment : the blue strides of lavender, the subtle nuances of green in the forests, the flamboyant and blinding colours of the cliffs of ochre, or the austere white of the limestone hills. Some of the Luberon’s best-loved villages include Gordes (External link) , Lourmarin, Manosque and Roussillon – don’t miss these on your trip here.