detail of olive fruit
Cadenet in the Luberon Provence
Ansouis in the Luberon
Ancient fountain in Provence
France, Vaucluse (84), Pertuis, La Durance (vue aérienne)
France, Vaucluse (84), Lubéron, Mirabeau, Pont de Mirabeau sur la Durance
The hilltop villages of Sud-Luberon
The Pays d’Aigues, or land of water, extends from the Durance to the Luberon. For cyclists, this region of villages perched on rocky promontories or snuggled in valleys, is a joy both for the eyes and the calves. While planted on your saddles, remember to take in the road that winds through orchards, brooms and cherry blossoms. You’ll be charmed by the beautiful trails of this circuit through places classified as being among the most Beautiful Villages of France, passing through Pertuis, Lourmarin and Beaumont-de-Pertuis !
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Departing from Pertuis, use your momentum to embark on the tarmac roads of this life-size playground. Stop off at Cadenet, a hilltop village overlooked by a feudal castle which you can climb up to enjoy the views it offers over the Lubéron, the Alpilles and the Durance. In this hot spot of the wickerwork culture, you can also visit the basket weaving museum, as well as exploring its troglodyte dwellings. After a peaceful early afternoon arrival in Lourmarin, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, you can visit craft shops and the mid-fifteenth century, mid-Renaissance chateau.
You leave Lourmarin, the town of Albert Camus and the Luberon’s flagship village, for a ride through vineyards and olive groves. Your first step: Curcuron, where the famous Côtes du Luberon is produced – don’t miss out on a tasting. Curcuron is a splendid Provencal village where you can roam the lanes, taking in the 17th century houses, the ramparts of the old fortifications, the Saint-Michel keep and the oil mill. Steer back to Ansouis for a coffee in the shade of the plane trees and to visit its superb 12th century chateau, crossing the charming hilltop and sun-drenched villages of Grambois and Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque before ending your day at Beaumont-de-Pertuis.
This last day, slightly longer than the previous ones, begins with a short stint to the picturesque village of Mirabeau, where you can dismount to stroll through Provence streets jumbled with the white houses with tiled roofs that have inspired so many filmmakers. Stop for lunch at La Tour-d’Aigues, where you can once again enjoy the sight of the surrounding hills and visit the chateau with its astonishing sixteenth century facade. Your cycling tour in Pays d’Aigues concludes in Pertuis.
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