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Stairway to the fortress of Buoux
|Provence: 1) Walk
Vaison-la-Romaine ~ Malaucène ~ Bedoin ~ Fontaine de Vaucluse ~ Abbaye de Senanque ~ Gordes ~ Roussillon ~ St.Saturnin-lès-Apt ~ Rustrel ~ Viens ~ Saignon ~ Buoux ~ Bonnieux
Provence: 2) Tour du Luberon
Avignon ~ l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
~ Fontaine de Vaucluse ~ Abbaye de Senanque ~ Gordes ~ Roussillon ~
St.Saturnin-lès-Apt ~ Rustrel ~ Viens ~ Saignon ~ Buoux ~ Bonnieux
Selfguided hotel based walking trip, from, Avignon, Fontaine de Vaucluse or l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
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Tour du Luberon
Discovering villages amongst the mauve of lavender fields of the Luberon and the different ochres of the earth will leave lasting impressions for your minds eyes.
Starting in Avignon, l'Isle sur la Sorgue or Fontaine de Vaucluse you will walk to the Abbey of Senanque and Gordes on your first walking day into the Luberon. Following are walks from one village to another you will see the authentic character of St.Saturnin-lès-Apt, Rustrel, and the Colorado Provençal. Saignon and or Buoux and Bonnieux or Ménerbes will be the last stages in the Luberon mountain.
Self Guided Walking
5 to 9 days, 4 to 8 nights
3 to 7 days walking
Days of 10-15 km or 15-22 km walking
Villages of the Luberon
The Luberon is a unique regional park offering visitors an infinite variety of colourful and fragrant landscapes. Part of Provence and yet separately identifiable due to the rolling hills and beautiful "villages perchés", it makes an excellent base for a holiday.
The Luberon is full of romantic villages, dramatic ruins, deep gorges, the gulf of Fontaine de Vaucluse (See the video for the underwater situation) and pretty valleys – you will probably not want to venture beyond its boundaries!
The Luberon, a rugged, wooded region stretches for about 65 kilometres between Cavaillon, in the West, and Manosque in the East, at its Western extremity. The Western end is known as the ‘Petit Luberon’ and the Eastern end as the ‘Grand Luberon’. The two sections are divided by the Combe de Lourmarin (the old pathway), which cuts across the mountains between the charming villages of Bonnieux and Lourmarin. It’s a beautiful region, rich in colour and contrasts, with vivid sprays of scented lavender, bright green vines, ochre-coloured villages and austere white limestone hills. This is an area that has attracted artists and writers for centuries, with dozens of lovely villages to explore, ancient forts, spectacular abbeys and countless other geographical and historical sites. There are some marvellous walks in the area, following the GR9 from the medieval village of Viens to picturesque Rustrel, or hiking across rocky escarpments down into dramatic gorges, where ochre was once mined. Provence is also known for its food, with garlic, olives and olive oil playing an important role in the preparation of many dishes.
General – Tourisme – Gastronomie
Luberon : parc naturel régional (guide Gallimard)
Luberon, images et signes, (PNRL / Edisud)
Le Luberon et sa région, S. Bec (Ed. Solar)
Bibliographie des Pays du Luberon, R. Bruni, et C. Thomas, Ed. PNRL
Geography – Nature
Carnet d’un naturaliste amateur en Luberon, S. Bec, E. Alibert (PNRL / Equinoxe)
Faune du Luberon, M. Gallardo, PNRL – Edisud
Flore du Luberon, G. Guende, PNRL – Edisud
Grands rapaces des garrigues et rochers de Provence, Ed. PNRL / CRDP
History – Archeologie – Art :
Provence Romane, G. Barruol (2 tomes), Ed. Zodiaque
Ocres, Ed. PNRL / Edisud
Bories, PNRL / Edisud
Les Vaudois du Luberon, une minorité en Provence, G. Audisio, AEVHL, 1984
Les larmes du Luberon, H. Leconte , Ed. Créaction, 1992
USEFULL ADDRESSES :
Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, Place J. Jaurès, BP 122, 84404 APT Cedex, Tél :0490044200
Comité départemental du Tourisme de Vaucluse, BP 147, F 84008 Avignon Cedex 1 ; Tél0490804700
Office du Tourisme d’Apt, Avenue P. de Girard, 84000 Apt ; tél 0490740318
Tour du Luberon
Self Guided Walking
Train & Bus From Marseille Airport to Luberon and Avignon in Provence
- Take the shuttle bus to SNCF railway station of Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille.
Bus leaves every 20 minutes and it takes 5 minutes to arrive.
- Here take a train ticket to Avignon or Cavaillon.
On all days of the week you'll have 4 opportunities between 12:00 and 20:00 to go to Avignon
(in 1hr 25 min) or to Cavaillon (in 55 min).
Départure: 12h 42 55min to Cavaillon and 85min to Avignon Départure : 16h 03 55min to Cavaillon and 85min to Avignon Départure : 17h 01 55min to Cavaillon and 85min to Avignon Départure : 19h 03 55min to Cavaillon and 85min to Avignon
Walking in Vaucluse Provence