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Luberon (Regional Natural Park)

Published: January 2010
last updated: March 2011
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The visit

Vignes de Luberon The Natural Regional Park of Luberon is situated in the Massif of Luberon composed of three mountain chains the Little Luberon, the Big Luberon and the Oriental Luberon (in tourist guides you will most often read about le Grand Luberon and le Petit Luberon). Laying in-between the Alps and Mediterranean Sea, Luberon is famous for its exceptional touristic qualities: mild climate, beautiful landscapes and abundance of historic landmarks.
Five of the villages of Luberon are listed among The Most Beautiful Villages of France.
As for the nature, Luberon combines different types of landscape: garrigues (low, soft-leafed scrubland growing on the limestone in Mediterranean region), oak-woods, mountains and rocks and rivers and abundant flora and fauna. Luberon has 1500 species of plants (representing 30% of species growing in France), 135 species of birds (50%) and 2300 species of butterflies (40%).

Tourism

Towns and villages
Principal towns of Luberon are: Cavaillon (West), Apt (North), Manosque (East) and Pertuis (South).

Among 77 towns and villages of Luberon some of the most attractive are:
Ansois*
Grambois
Oppède
Bonnieux
Joucas
Oppedette
Cabrieres-d’Aigues
Lacoste
Reillane
Cadenet
Lauris
Roussillon*
Cucuron
Le-Tour-d’Aigues
Saignon
Gordes*
Lourmarin*
Saint-Satunin-d’Apt
Goult
Ménebres*
Vaugines
*Listed among The Most Beautiful Villages of France.

Luberon countryside proposes endless opportunities for the lovers: horse-back riding, VTT and walking circuits. We highly suggest walks through lavender fields in June and July, visits to the vineyards from September to November and visits to the oil-mills in November and December. The region is also known for its exceptional fruits and sweets.

Practical information

Transport:
Luberon is encircled by the departmental roads (D900 on the North and D956 on the South); the road D943 crosses the park from north to south (Apt to Lourmarin), separating the chains of Big and Small Luberon.

The closest airports are Marseille-Provence and Avignon.
The closest TGV railway stations: Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.
Many villages of the regional park are accessible by regular bus lines from Avignon or one of the four principal towns of Luberon, however finding a convenient connection may be very difficult.

Seasons: The weather in Luberon is quite predictable with long hot and dry summers, very mild, sunny and dry winters and short rainy seasons in spring (around April) and autumn (late October – early November).
Local products: the region is known for a good vine (AOC “Côtes du Luberon” and “Côtes du Ventoux” on the north), olive oil, leather goods, pottery and fruits in syrup.

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