4 Hikes to the Most Beautiful Villages in the Luberon Mountains
Off-the-beaten path and ruggedly beautiful, the Luberon Natural Regional Park (Parc Naturel Régional du Lubéron) is a UNESCO-listed nature reserve in the Haut-Vaucluse region of Provence. The Luberon has many hiking trails and walking paths in between its ancient hilltop villages and historic towns. An excellent short hike is from Gordes to Roussillon. Begin by exploring the medieval hilltop village of Gordes, listed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Then go on a 10-kilometer hike along scenic roads to arrive in Roussillon. Another village perché (medieval perched village) also on the “most beautiful village in France” list, Roussillon stands on an ochre cliff overlooking a stunning landscape. Just outside of town, Roussillon has a short hiking trail along vibrant paths of ochre rock.
From Roussillon, a wonderful all-day hike is from Roussillon to Lourmarin, another of France’s “most beautiful villages.” This 28-kilometer hike travels through country roads and footpaths until reaching Lourmarin, nestled in a protected valley at the base of the Luberon Mountains. Lourmarin has a traditional Provençal village ambience and is a the perfect place to end up after a long hike because of its inviting restaurants, outdoor cafés, boutiques, and hotels.