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Walking in the Luberon,
 around its villages or exploring its remarkable natural heritage and amazing places

 

The ochre sands of Colorado

Through the ancient ochre quarries still visible to the north of the Luberon, one of the most prodigious spot is called Colorado ; it shows fascinating landscapes, sculptured both by nature and by man, in a palette of colors, varying from saffron yellow to blood red and including white sands as well. In addition to the breathtaking views you will get from the pathway, your guide will show you some of the last remains of the ochre industry and provide you with interesting facts about this economic activity that flourished in the region of the Luberon during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Walking time : 3 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

The Mourres rocks

The Mourres rocks  can be found to the north-east of the Luberon, next to the charming town of Forcalquier. It is a fascinating site, where can be seen several hundreds of strangely shaped rocks : some look like giant mushrooms, others like big weird muzzles. As you climb up to the highest part of the trail, you enjoy a beautiful view of the Alps on the horizon. And before the end of the circular walk, you will have the pleasure to see a few Cabanons Pointus, these picturesque traditional dry stone huts that are typical of the Pays de Forcalquier.

Walking time : 4 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

Gordes, its dry stone huts
and the Abbaye de Sénanque 

During this walk, you will see one of France’s most beautiful little towns, Gordes, and discover the terrific rural architecture of its surroundings : dozens of huts and other ancient farm buildings, such as cisterns, vats, ovens, and sheep shelters, all built in dry stone. Another major attraction is the Abbaye de Sénanque, nested in a narrow valley at the foot of the Mounts of Vaucluse, whose harmonious ensemble of buidings is considered as one of the purest examples of the cistercian architecture.

Walking time : 4 hours (not including the visit of « Village des Bories »)
Rating : moderate (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

From Lacoste to Bonnieux,
two hillside villages of the Luberon

For centuries, they have been standing face to face, each one on its hill, at the foot of the Luberon mountains. From Lacoste, dominated by the imposing ruins of a castle which belonged to the Marquis de Sade, you will walk across olive and truffle orchards, vineyards and lavender fields, enjoying the local color that set the charming ambiance of Peter Mayle‘s novels. On the long itinerary, you will climb the slopes of the Luberon up to the Cedar forest. On your way down, you will have a multitude of viewpoints over Bonnieux, and its very picturesque terraces, from where the panorama extends from Lacoste to Roussillon and Gordes, three of the most lovely perched villages, with Mont Ventoux visible in the background.

Walking time (including the visit of villages) : 3.5 hours (short) /  5.5 hours (long) 
Rating : from leisurely  to moderate
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

Walking up to the Mourre-Nègre,
highest point of the Luberon mountains

This hike takes you within two hours to the top of the Luberon mountains, from Castellet, a tiny village on its northern slope. If the trail through the downy oak forest is steep, the result is worth the effort : you get, from the Mourre-Nègre, a 360 view that allows you to gaze at all the mountains of Provence and, if not invisible in the heat haze, the Mediterranean Sea .

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : challenging (steep slopes)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

The history of the Vaudois in the
Luberon 
and the Gorges de Régalon

This hike offers you the opportunity of learning about the history of the Vaudois (or Waldenses) in the Luberon in the 16th century. Beginning in Mérindol, a village by the Durance river, it takes you up to the stoney plateaus at the bottom of the Petit Luberon mountain. The final part is a descent through a narrow and spectacular canyon very special for its luxuriant vegetation, the Gorges de Régalon, where the walls rise 250 feet above the path.

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : moderate (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

Buoux and the valley of the Aiguebrun

On a rocky spur high above the gorges of the Aiguebrun River lie the impressive ruins of a medieval fortified village called Fort de Buoux. This incredible site is located in the heart of the Luberon mountains, which is a beautiful and peaceful place, that chose the Neanderthal man to settle down, 50,000 years ago. It is a very special area due to the contrast between a cool and humid valley with lush vegetation and temperate climate plants, and a desolate plateau, covered with lavender fields and scrubby woods. Inside the 13th century fort, numerous medieval vestiges remain : defensive walls, watchtowers, dwellings, cisterns, grain stores and a church. And the hidden staircase is an alternative way down from the fort, but not for the faint hearted !

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging (steep and rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)