The remarkable dry stone sheep barns
on Montagne de Lure highlands
This guided hike takes place in a part of Provence away from the tourist route : Montagne de Lure. These uplands that nourished the famous writer Jean Giono’s dreams are a district “where deserts are really desert lands”, as he wrote : a limitless stretch of land, an area of shepherds, dry stone walls, barrenness and wind. During the walk, you will discover several ancestral dry stone building techniques by admiring four sheep barns, more than 150 years old. Two of them are still in very good condition.
Walking time : 6 hours
Rating : challenging
The land of “aiguiers”
Erosion has dug numerous faults, sinkholes, underground streams and caverns on the huge very thick limestone plate of Monts de Vaucluse in which rainwater flows down, leaving behind a very dry land. For centuries men have imagined ingenious systems to survive, carving cisterns out of the rock, often covered by a large vaulted dry stone cap, called “aiguiers”. During this long walk, you’ll have the opportunity to see seven of them. You will also admire two big dry stone huts.
Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging (elevation change)