Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

Luberon Travel Infos

The « Luberon » is a mountain range between the Alps and the Mediterranean stretching from Cavaillon to Manosque with the Calavon plain to the North and the Durance valley to the South. It has two official spellings and pronunciations, Luberon and Lubéron. Natives of Provence use the former and tourists the latter. As in Provencal the “e” is pronounced “é” in all logic it should be the other way around and the distortion probably originated in our own Provencal language; nevertheless local purists insist on Luberon.

The Luberon is a massif in central Provence in the south of France. It has a maximum elevation of 1,256 metres and an area of about 600 square kilometres. It is composed of three mountain ranges: the Lesser Luberon, the Greater Luberon and the Eastern Luberon.

Perhaps the most well known of the Luberon’s hilltop villages, thanks in part to Ridley Scott’s truly awful film A Good Year, Bonnieux is also one of the most picturesque in France. A spiral of cobbled streets wind their way up to the medieval church that sits at the highest point in the village, rewarding those who make the arduous climb with fantastic views of the valley below. On a clear day you can expect great views of Mont Ventoux, the infamous chalk topped mountain feared and revered by cyclists and followers of the Tour.

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