Abbey of Senanque
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Bicycling trip around Luberon Regional Park
Sports and good food lovers will love this bicycling trip of the Luberon Regional Park, which is perfect for a romantic get-away or fun trip with friends. Tiny high-perched villages will introduce you to tasty regional delicacies, Very useful to approach the climbs and the false dishes of the roads of the Luberon ! While not particularly challenging, the trip will nonetheless be more enjoyable if you are in good physical condition. Perfect for those who want to try the travelling tourism concept.
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The first highlight of this tour of Luberon Regional Park is the town of Cavaillon. Taste its renowned local melon before hopping into the saddle and off to Murs. Make a beeline straight for the Lavender Museum, and possibly a detour to the Fountains of the Vaucluse, where the Sorgue takes its source. Now head for the pretty high altitude village of Gordes, and its village of Bories, traditional Luberon housing. Pop into the Cistercian abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque, where the monks manufacture and sell a variety of lavender products, before finishing the day at Murs.
Wander leisurely around the stone houses of Murs, pop into its Romanesque church and castle, before cycling off to Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. Continue as far as the village of Rustrel, dominated by its 16th century castle, to the south of which lies the Provençal Colorado. This site has been known to ochre manufacturers and farmers for over four generations. Stop and taste the oil at the Mill Museum, then track back to Gargas, the last village in Europe where ochre is still mined. The Bruoux mines and old Choque factory will acquaint you with this industrial heritage, before a well-deserved rest at Apt.
Stroll around the Gallo-Roman ruins of Apt and taste the local specialties of this town, famous for its gourmet fare. On the trip back to Cavaillon, you will be treated to a superb “balcony” trail during which you can feast your eyes on some of the region’s most emblematic villages, among which Bonnieux, Lacoste and Mernerbes, before freewheeling down the gentle slope to Cavaillon. Before Bonnieux, don’t miss the Agnels lavender distillery.
MyTripTailor advice : If your legs give up half-way, there is a green trail from Apt to Goult, near Cavaillon, that avoids the steepest climbs.
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