Walking through the Luberon natural sites, villages & countryside
Check out the 11 walks below & build your multiday guided tour







                                                                                                                                      Ochre cliffs  


Half-day trips through the low mountains of Luberon and hilltop villages


From Lacoste to Bonnieux, 
two hillside villages of the Luberon

This organized hike at the foot of the Luberon mountains will give you the opportunity to see two of the most famous hilltop villages. For centuries, they have been standing face to face, each one on its hill. Lacoste is dominated by the imposing ruins of a castle which belonged to the Marquis de Sade. From the village, you walk across olive groves and truffle plantations, vineyards and lavender fields, enjoying the local color that set the charming ambiance of Peter Mayle‘s novels. On your way to Bonnieux through the countryside, you have a multitude of viewpoints over the village’s picturesque terraces. Once there, you get a panorama that extends from Lacoste to Roussillon and Gordes, three of the loveliest perched villages. In the background, you can see Mont Ventoux

Walking time : 3.5 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)


The heart of genuine Luberon : 
the Upper Valley of the Aiguebrun


You would be very lucky to come upon this spot nestled in the foothills of the Luberon mountains. Because the tiny Upper Valley of the Aiguebrun river and the hamlet of Sivergues, snuggled above, are off the main tourist routes, 10km upstream of Lourmarin. Yet, the place is very special, peaceful. Its imposing cliffs are known by rock climbers. And if only a few dozen people live in the area today, it has been occupied by men for at least 50,000 years. The feature that makes it so special is probably the contrast between the cool, humid valley and the desolate plateau above. The first one is covered with lush vegetation and temperate climate plants, as the second one with lavender fields and scrubby woods, so parched in summer.
A gem to discover !


Walking time : 3.5 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : not allowed on fire risk days)

 The ochre sands of Colorado Provencal 

Among the numerous former ochre quarries still visible to the north of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, one of the most prodigious spot is called Colorado Provencal. It displays fascinating landscapes, sculptured over the ages both by nature and man, in a broad palette: colors vary from saffron yellow to blood red and include white sands as well. What brilliant color contrasts with the bright blue of the sky and the varied green shades of trees !

In addition to the breathtaking views you get from the pathway, you can catch sight of the last remains of the ochre industry.

Walking time : 3 hours 
Rating : leisurely
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11:30am only, not allowed on fire risk days)


Gorges de Régalon


Starting from the Durance valley, this hike first takes you up to the foothills of the Petit Luberon mountain. You walk accross an open landscape, very stony, where sheep herding has been practised for millennia. Before the slope becomes too steep, you are on your way down a narrow valley whose river dried up several thousands of years ago. In the final part of your descent, you roam through the scenery of a spectacular canyon, ever narrower. This canyon, very special for its luxuriant vegetation, is called the Gorges de Régalon. In places, the walls rise 200 feet above the pathway and somewhere else, the distance between the two rocks on both sides of the river bed is barely one meter!

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (stony ground)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : not allowed on fire risk days)

Gorges de Veroncle, a half day trip from Gordes 

Not far from the picturesque Provence village of Gordes, your local hiking guide will lead you in the lowest section of the 5-mile canyon that the Veroncle river cut into the south-western bottom of the Monts de Vaucluse. What makes this short hike unique is that the cultural heritage is even more valuable than the one nature has left : you will see during your walk the remains of three of the ten watermills that were built between the 16th and 19th centuries. These old buildings are of a high quality in an area that is not easily accessible : dams, cutstone penstocks, retaining walls, large reservoirs and long canals carved out of the rock, and numerous millstones. A wild and beautiful spot.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : challenging (some rocky passages, a few ladders)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)










                                              Lourmarin, at the foot of the Luberon Mountains

Day trips through the low mountains of Luberon and hilltop villages


A singular walk
the intriguing Mourres rocks

The Mourres limestone outcrops 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 have the pleasure to see a few Cabanons Pointus. These picturesque traditional dry stone huts are typical of the Pays de Forcalquier. You will certainly hear stories about them from your local guide.

Walking time : 4.5 hours 
Rating : moderate
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, on a shortened itinerary)

The dry stone heritage of Gordes and Sénanque    

During this nature walk, you can see one of France’s most beautiful little towns, Gordes, located east of Avignon in the Luberon Regional Natural Park. And your local guide shows you the amazing rural architecture of Gordes 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 12th c. Cistercian Sénanque Abbey, Hidden in the narrow Sénancole valley at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse, it has harmonious ensemble of buidings considered as one of the purest examples of the Cistercian architecture.

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : moderate (stony ground)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31

Visits of Village des Bories outside Gordes and Abbaye de Sénanque not included

Walking up to the Mourre-Nègre,
summit of the Luberon mountains

This itinerary starts in Castellet, a tiny village on the Luberon mountains northern slopes. Your local guide takes you within two hours up to the top. If the trail across the downy oak forest is steep, the result is worth the effort: you get, from the Mourre-Nègre (3,690 ft), a 360 view that allows you to gaze at all Western Provence‘s peaks. Northwards, you can see, in particular, the white ridge of Mont Ventoux ; and, southwards, besides Mont Sainte-Victoire, if not invisible in the heat haze, you can spot the Mediterranean Sea.

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : challenging (steep slopes)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 7:30am – 1pm only, not allowed on fire risk days)

 On the heights of the Petit Luberon

The Petit Luberon is the western area of the Luberon range. Although lower than its neighbour, the Grand Luberon, it looks more mountainous, because of the great number of steep rocky cliffs, ravines and gorges. This beautiful trail climbs the southern slopes from the foot up to the ridge of the mountain. Your local guide leads you through a mixed and mostly low vegetation (scrubland, pine groves, holm oak woods). Later, on the summit plateau, you walk accross a Cedar Forest. The tall Atlas cedars up there were planted in the 19th c. Back amid a more open environment, you have the opportunity to admire spectacular boulders and other massive rocks. And then, you start your descent into the valley.   

Walking time : 6.5 hours 
Rating : challenging (2,000 feet elevation gain, 14 miles)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : can be very hot, not allowed on fire risk days)

 From the terraced village of Bonnieux 
to Roussillon, standing on its ochre hill

At the foot of the Luberon mountains, Bonnieux, one of the largest villages, rises in tiers on a hillside. From the top, you enjoy panoramic views, seeing as far as Mont Ventoux and the southern Alps. Closer, you can catch sight of the three famous perched villages of LacosteRoussillon and Gordes.
After walking down through the narrow streets of the village, you roam the countryside made up of vineyards, orchards and woods. You marvel at this mosaic of a landscape for an hour and a half, under the unique Provence light, and then reach Pont Julien. This is a 2,000-year old Roman bridge that spans over the Calavon river. Before the striking village of Roussillon comes out, the trail on which your guide takes you snakes its way accross wooded hills. To top it off, a dramatic walk on a pathway starting in the heart of the village awaits you: it allows you to discover the wonderful red colored cliffs of the former ochre quarries. 

Walking time (including the visit of villages) : 6.5 hours
Rating : challenging
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/30  &  9/1 – 12/31

Visit of ochre museum (Okhra) outside Roussillon not included.




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