Day 2 – The Luberon
The Luberon might just be what most people imagine when they think of Provence. With its fragrant lavender fields and a choice of stunning hillside villages, this will be a wonderful day out in the countryside!
Start at the iconic Abbey de Senanque near Gordes. Although this 12th century abbey is an incredible building, it is most famous for its spectacular summer lavender fields which offer amazing photo ops. Get there early – the Abbey is no secret and by mid morning the tour busses start rolling in.
Gordes is the closest hillside village to the Abbey. It is famous for good reason as it offers stunning views of a typical Provencal hill village built up the mountain cliff. You may want to visit on a Tuesday as it’s market day!
Spoiled for choice of villages, we next suggest Bonnieux. The village has been lovingly restored and affords sweeping views over the Luberon. This is one of the loveliest places in the area to stop for a slow local lunch. You can walk the small winding streets up to the top of the village where you’ll find the 12th century church. From there you can see lavender fields dotting the surrounding landscape.