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Road trip in the Luberon

Enjoy a captivating 1-day motorbike tour in Provence filled with colours and fragrances, from the fiery ochre reds of the Luberon to blooming lavender fields and the refined and unforgettable flavours of truffle and honey…

Etape 1From Carpentras to Villes-sur-AuzonThe Mont Ventoux and the Gorges de la Nesque

From Carpentras, take the D942 road East. Enjoy the exhilarating ride over this fertile plain leading to Mazan, then Mormoiron. Admire the gorgeous countryside on the way to Villes-sur-Auzon, adorned with vines nestling at the foot of Mont Ventoux, cherry trees and apricot trees. This village is coveted by cyclists who like to train there before tackling the southern face of Mont Ventoux. At the village exit, take the winding road overlooking the green and dizzy Gorges de la Nesque.

Etape 2On the road to SaultMedieval villages

The road snaking its way to Sault is dotted here and there with stone arches and narrow tunnels carved into the rock. An ode to freedom… On the way, take time to climb to the top of the Rocher du Cire, offering stunning panoramic views over the gorge. The medieval village of Monieux is well worth a visit too. Perched at an altitude of 650 metres, it stands under the remains of an ancient watchtower. Monieux’s paved streets and architectural heritage offer a picturesque sight, while the Musée de la Truffe du Ventoux truffle museum is a must for discerning gourmets. Take to the road again and continue to Sault, another hilltop village encircled by blooming lavender fields in June and July.

Etape 3The Colorado of ProvenceLuberon Regional Natural Park

Enter into the kingdom of the Plateau d’Albion and its heady lavender fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Stop off at a local farm to pick up some lavender honey, essential oils or sweet-scented pouches. Then, take the D30 road to Rustrel in the Luberon Regional Natural Park. Nicknamed the « Colorado of Provence, » this area boasts a fascinating array of ochre cliffs and red and orange cavities splashed by dancing light. If you fancy a straighter road, you can also reach Rustrel on the D34 or D179.

Etape 4Apt, Roussillon, and GordesThe spirit of Provence

It’s time to rev up and set off for Apt. Reputed for its candied fruit and vast food market, the town is an ideal choice for a rest and drink on a shaded café terrace. Next, you’ll head to Roussillon, just a few minutes down the road. Adorned with shades of pink, ochre and orange, the village houses offer up a vibrant palette of colours. Just a few kilometres away, the hilltop village of Gordes, with its paved streets and typical Provencal atmosphere, is an absolute must. Stop off at the ancient Cistercian Abbaye de Sénanque, which you can reach via the D177 road. A place where time stands still…

Etape 5Dentelles de MontmirailFrom the heights of Venasque

Turn around and head back along the D177. You’ll see the Saracen towers and majestic facades of Venasque in the distance. Push open the doors to the baptistery, one of France’s oldest buildings erected in 5 AD. From the heights of the village, lap up the stunning views over the Dentelles de Montmirail, a succession of spectacularly delicate, jagged peaks that resemble lace. The day is coming to an end. Just 10 more kilometres and you’re back at your departure point in Carpentras with a head full of magical memories.

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