The Luberon is well known for its beautiful nature, and it became famous in the whole world through a series of books by the British author Peter Mayle. The novels “A Year in Provence”, “Toujours Provence” and “Encore Provence” are all set in the Luberon. This time I visited the Luberon and Verdon at the turn of the year. A good occasion to explore this part of the Provence because it’s less crowded. Make sure you’re traveling off the beaten path because there’s a lot more to see than the standard tourist scenarios. With pure nature and silence I even had the opportunity to see wild goats in the mountains. The “Gorges du Verdon” with their small and playful waterfalls look almost untouched, especially in the winter season.
The Luberon offers you fantastic wines. Do not miss the chance to do a wine-tasting there. Perhaps you’ve always desired to taste some wine enjoying the scene of a film set like the “Chateau la Canorgue” from Ridley Scott’s movie “A Good Year”, starring Russel Crowe. When you’re lucky, you’ll even hear interesting background stories about the movies filmed in the region and how Peter Mayle is in real life, when he dines out.
Villages like Bonnieux, Boux, Gordes, Lacoste, Lourmarin or Roussillon are only a few of the magic places in Provence. There are a lot more which I do not want to mention here. Turn off your navigation device to explore on your own.
The best places are always found off the beaten path.