I’m not the first person to fall in love with the Luberon, very far from it, still, since my parents used to take me there on holidays and rave all year about the charms of the region it still sounds like the promised land to me. You have to admit that it looks like a giant garden, with olive trees, pines, poppy fields, vines and fountains everywhere, all gracefully arranged yet slightly dishevelled. It’s no wonder that people came there in the 70’s looking for a hippy lifestyle since as soon as you set foot here you feel that life and nature are gonna treat you well.
______________ The Parc naturel du Luberon is a protected area located in the South of France, in the Provence region. Spring is definitely a great season to go there, the weather isn’t too hot yet, flowers are blooming and the amount of tourists is more manageable. The pictures above were taken mostly in the Southern Luberon, near villages such as Cucuron or La Tour d’Aigues. I would recommend this particular part of the region if you prefer rolling hills and vineyards to perched-on-cliffs villages (the area around the well-known Gordes is more like that, it’s gorgeous but it feels less serene to me). The Luberon is actually the name of a small chain of mountains so don’t be surprised if sometimes going from one village to another isn’t as easy as it seems. Driving up the road to the small village of Goult and see the sun setting on the valley is very much worth the ride though.