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The Luberon Regional Nature Park

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The Luberon Regional Nature Park - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vaucluse
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Covering two departments, Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Luberon Regional Nature Park possesses an exceptional natural heritage. This has earned it the status of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Global Geopark. Enjoy the diversity of the landscapes which alternate between garrigue scrubland, forests (which cover more than half of the park), oak woods, plains, hills, vineyards, orchards and rocky areas such as the Petit Luberon and the Vaucluse mountains. The canyons and rock faces here are a favourite habitat for birds of prey. In the Grand Luberon, the Mourre Nègre is the park's highest point with an altitude of 1,125 metres. Hikers love it and you can enjoy an exceptional view over the whole of Provence from the top.

This unspoilt area is ideal for walks and has discovery trails with information signs about nature and heritage. If you're a cycling enthusiast, "Around the Luberon by Bike" ("Autour du Luberon à vélo") is an itinerary of 236 kilometres on signposted roads to explore all the splendours of the destination. Canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, horse-riding, paragliding and caving are just some of the many activities offering various ways to explore the Luberon. The Park House (Maison du Parc) in Apt can provide all the information you need for your visit. And if you're near Manosque, the House of Biodiversity (Maison de la Biodiversité) has a lovely repository orchard with over 400 varieties of fruit trees.

The Luberon Regional Nature Park is home to a wide variety of animal and plant species. There are 270 vertebrate animal species such as marmots, deer, eagle owls, Bonelli's eagles, Egyptian vultures, warblers, bluebirds and ocellated lizards. The flora is also very varied with over 1,800 plant species.

During your days out in the Luberon, you can admire many traces of the past by strolling around the picturesque hillside villages such as Gordes, Ménerbes, Roussillon or Simiane-la-Rotonde. Admire the ancient built heritage of these charming sites, then contemplate the chapels, castles, aristocratic bastides and dovecotes along your path. Dry stone huts known as bories are also part of this remarkable legacy and can be seen as you explore the hiking paths. Don't miss the spectacular landscapes like the ochre cliffs of Roussillon or the Provençal Colorado of Rustrel. They're truly enchanting!

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The Luberon Regional Nature Park

Grambois is located 15 minutes from Pertuis, 20 minutes from Manosque, 30 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, 40 minutes from Marseille and the sea. The ideal starting point to discover the Luberon and its villages whose fame is more to do Lourmarin, Cucuron, Vaugines, Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Gordes. But also the Provence of Giono (Manosque, Forcalquier, the Montagne de Lure), the Verdon Gorge, Green Provence, the creeks of Cassis, Apt, Rustrel and ocher quarries.

Bonnieux - Pont Julien ( © Jean Espirat )
Bonnieux - Pont Julien ( © Jean Espirat )
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Bonnieux - Pont Julien ( © Jean Espirat )
Bonnieux - Pont Julien ( © Jean Espirat )
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Cavaillon - Roman arch ( © Jean Espirat )
Cavaillon - Roman arch ( © Jean Espirat )
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Cavaillon - Roman arch ( © Jean Espirat )
Cavaillon - Roman arch ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Ruelle covered ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Ruelle covered ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Castle - Museum ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Castle - Museum ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Castle ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Castle ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Ruelle steep ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Ruelle steep ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Bories named the three soldiers ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Bories named the three soldiers ( © Jean Espirat )
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Gordes - Village des bories ( © Jean Espirat )
Gordes - Village des bories ( © Jean Espirat )
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Roussillon - Panorama ( © Jean Espirat )
Roussillon - Panorama ( © Jean Espirat )
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Roussillon - staircase access ocher quarries ( © JE)
Roussillon - staircase access ocher quarries ( © JE)
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Roussillon - Ochre ( © Jean Espirat )
Roussillon - Ochre ( © Jean Espirat )
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Roussillon - Square village ( © Jean Espirat )
Roussillon - Square village ( © Jean Espirat )
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Roussillon - high Gate village ( © Jean Espirat )
Roussillon - high Gate village ( © Jean Espirat )
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Roussillon - Ruelle du village ( © Jean Espirat )
Roussillon - Ruelle du village ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rustrel - Panorama from the top of the cliffs ( © Jean Espirat )
Rustrel - Panorama from the top of the cliffs ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rustrel - Fire fairy ( © Jean Espirat )
Rustrel - Fire fairy ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fireplace fairies to below ( © Jean Espirat )
Fireplace fairies to below ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rustrel - Red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
Rustrel - Red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rustrel - Background of red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
Rustrel - Background of red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rustrel - Red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
Rustrel - Red Canyon ( © Jean Espirat )
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Forcalquier - Panorama ( © Jean Espirat )
Forcalquier - Panorama ( © Jean Espirat )
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Forcalquier - Panorama from the road ( © Jean Espirat )
Forcalquier - Panorama from the road ( © Jean Espirat )
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Forcalquier - A borie ( © Jean Espirat )
Forcalquier - A borie ( © Jean Espirat )
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Forcalquier - A borie ( © Jean Espirat )
Forcalquier - A borie ( © Jean Espirat )
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Forcalquier - Panorama on the rocks Mourres ( © JE)
Forcalquier - Panorama on the rocks Mourres ( © JE)
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
The Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
the Mourres ( © Jean Espirat )
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Montfuron - Village and ruins castle ( © Jean Espirat )
Montfuron - Village and ruins castle ( © Jean Espirat )
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Montfuron - Windmill ( © Jean Espirat )
Montfuron - Windmill ( © Jean Espirat )
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Montfuron - Windmill saw the gazebo ( © Jean Espirat )
Montfuron - Windmill saw the gazebo ( © Jean Espirat )
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Montfuron - Windmill ( © Jean Espirat )
Montfuron - Windmill ( © Jean Espirat )
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Saint -Michel l'Observatoire - ford of Reculon ( © JE)
Saint -Michel l'Observatoire - ford of Reculon ( © JE)
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Saint -Michel l'Observatoire - Information on the ford ( © JE)
Saint -Michel l'Observatoire - Information on the ford ( © JE)
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Château de la Tour d'Aigues
Château de la Tour d'Aigues
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Luberon from Saint -Martin- de- Castillon
Luberon from Saint -Martin- de- Castillon
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Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour Provence: Discover Avignon and the Villages of Luberon
Entertainment115 € Aix-en-Provence
Explore the Hilltop Villages of Luberon
Entertainment75 € Aix-en-Provence
Trip to the Villages of Luberon with Regional Wine Tasting
Entertainment115 € Aix-en-Provence

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