Fly into Marseilles if you’re coming from London or further abroad. The drive from the airport to the Luberon area of Provence is under two hours, depending on where exactly you’re looking to go. The TGV from Paris to Avignon can also get you here.
Places to stay:
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury, stay at Domaine Laurentine, a 7 bedroom villa which was originally a farmhouse. A separate guesthouse, terraces, a heated outdoor pool and beautiful views across lavender fields all add to the charm of this place.
If you’re looking for a more rustic French feel, stay at the equally as charming Hameau de Cournille, an 18th century hamlet restored in 2007. Pools, tennis courts, and terraces abound here as well. The three houses on this 20 acre estate can accommodate up to 12 people each.
Notable villages to visit in the Luberon area of Provence:
This was a fortified village dating from 972AD, and built on a hill. The winding streets and provencale architecture add to its charm. Make sure you get a taste of the homemade ice cream at Le Tinel.
Most noted for its reddish-orange ochre, this land is made of is a natural pigment that was used in paints.
This village contains one of the largest springs in the world, with 52,000 gallons (200m3) of water gushing out every second, which forms the Sorgue river. It is known for its aquaduct. Restaurants and souvenir shops line the streets.
Nobel prize-winning author Albert Camus once lived here. The village bustles on market days but it is actually much more appealing and authentic on days when there is no market. Little boutiques and cafes line the streets with traditional Provencale items from lavender to linens. For lunch, stop in Cafe de L’Ormeau.
As always, have a great trip!
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