Every year the Luberon National Park attracts hordes of hikers for its majestic beauty. The mountains between Cavaillon and Manosque are thick with garrigues ( scrublands) and olive groves and are dotted with caves, castles, abbeys and perched villages with magnificent views.
If you spend a week in the Luberon, here are my suggestions of where to go and what to do.
stop by the flea market of L’Isle sur La Sorgue ; A tree line path and a little bridge lead to an island with 40 bric-a-brac sellers. Unexpected treasures can be found , from knick-knacks to large pieces of furniture.
Les Agnels, route de Buoux. Learn how essential oils are distilled from Lavender, cypress and parsley seed.
Un Dimanche au jardin / Simiane La Rotonde. Abbaye de Valsaintes
Surrounded by lavender fields is a beautiful rose garden, in the grounds of an abbey founded by Cistercian monks. Nurseries with 250 rose varieties, sold bare rooted.
Worth the stop!
The springs of one of the most powerful water sources in the world. One myth claims that a nymph removed seven diamonds from the rocks, one by one, to release it. Finally in the 7th century the torrent suddenly emerged, watering the fig trees above the chasm and feeding the river Sorgue. This is truly spectacular after heavy rain.
The cliffs of the Roussillon
Legend has it that the wife of a noble man threw herself from the top of the cliffs after her husband forced her to eat her dead lover’s heart. The earth turned red with her blood and rocks and village were left with a permanent glow.
Village of Les Bories
Very interesting because this hamlet consists entirely of restored Bories ( dry-stone igloos) , where inhabitants of the Vaucluse and Luberon lived from Ligurian times ( 6th-century BC).
Chateau de Lourmarin
The older part of the castle is an austere fortress- like place called Chateau vieux was built between 1495 and 1525. In 1526, Mme Agoult added the more attractive Chateau Neuf , dedicated to pleasure. It has spacious rooms , floors paved with hexagonal, red Renaissance tiles, and is filled with Provencal furniture and Chinese musical instruments.
L’ Abbaye de Senanque
Built in 1148, this is one of a trio of primitive abbayes, known as the Cistercian sisters of Provence . To allow the monks to meditate without distractions, according to the rule of St Benedict , the only ornamentation was the natural play of light on stone. Really worth the stop, not far from the village of Gordes.
Le Prieure de Salagon
Fontaine de Vaucluse
Village des Bories
Abbaye de Senanque
Abbaye de Salagon
Chateau de Lourmarin
L’ Abbaye de Valsaintes
The Prieure and farm built in the Middle Ages on Gallo-Roman site, continued to expand until the 19th-century. The church contains Medieval Frescoes and the excavations of a first century villa are seen through a grille in the floor. Exhibitions are staged in the barns, while the gardens are devoted to historic and scented plants.
Join us for Thanksgiving in Provence, 2016.
Departure Dates are :
11/19/ 2016 – 11/26/2016
12 guests are invited. ( All inclusive) Airfare not included.
$ 3,370 pp.