Hiking the Luberon

The Luberon region is right in the heart of Provence, southern France at it’s finest. Unspoiled, relatively few tourists, and lots of natural beauty. The area boasts three mountain ranges as well as natural springs and rivers. This isn’t the place to go out to restaurants without plenty of cash in hand, because traditionally this is an upscale holiday spot for French tourists. Nonetheless, if you are shopping in local markets as Andrew and I were, you will find plenty of fresh produce, fragrant warm breads and delicious cheeses.

We camped three nights at some very nice campgrounds. Pools, d.j.’s, shops and hot showers. Not as rustic as camping in the U.S., but definitely a great alternative to hostels in the summertime. We also spent one night in a dorm at a gite d’etape/hotel in the mountains. Gite d’etapes are traditional stopovers for walkers and cyclists. Auberge des Seguins where we stayed offered dinner and breakfast along with the room. And since there was nothing else for miles, we were so glad they did! The dinner was quite possibly one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Tapenades, crudites, tuna salad, hard boiled eggs, oil sauce with anchovy, and a lentil salad were just the starters. Afterwards, they gave us broad beans and potatoes with a lamb stew in a red wine reduction sauce. Holy crow. This would have been a memorable experience either way, but after eating sandwiches for a week or so, we were very happy to have a warm meal!

The best part of this trip though was definitely the walks between villages. We walked from Lourmarin to Bonnieux to Seguin and then looped back again. The landscape is rugged but beyond description in its beauty. It was our first walking holiday together and we felt so lucky to be in the Luberon.

Waiting for the bus to Lourmarin

Following the blazes

Vineyards galore

Bonnieux at sunset

At the local market, we had a melon, it was so good!

Yes, that is a band. There was a rock band at our campsite! We had a great time dancing, they even played a great version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Camping in Europe is AWESOME.

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