- July 31, 2017
Updating our famed Roadbooks in the Luberon
Last week I walked from the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse to Gordes, updating our famed Roadbooks. This particular hike is used on several self-guided holidays we operate in the Luberon mountains, generally the first one.
I had to get an early start – the mountain trails would close at noon: one of the strict measures taken by the region to prevent forest fires in the summer months. After dropping off a bike at the end, I circled back to Fontaine de Vaucluse and began the hike. The first part of the hike is the most scenic, climbing in a tightly encased valley adorned with sparse cedars and brush vegetation. It leads to a rounded summit, with wide-sweeping views. From here the walk follows the “Mur de la Peste”, a wall constructed in the early part of the 18th century to prevent the plague from reaching the interior of Papal Provence. After reaching the quaint village of Cabrières d’Avignon (with some great picnic spots and one fabulous restaurant) the hike heads back into the hills, following ancient cobbled trails to the perched medieval village of Gordes. Gordes is quite possibly the most jaw-dropping village in all of Provence, its homes perched almost impossibly above the Calavon valley, spinning upwards in dizzying fashion to the church and castle that crown the lot. The trails we take reach the best vantage spot to see the village.
The result of my updating: one missing sign, one changed restaurant, and a couple of extra sentences to clarify a tricky turn. And for me: a wonderful way to spend a morning in the Provençal countryside.
You can find this hike as part of our self-guided Luberon walks. There are several versions of this holiday, and lots of possible options. Let us know if we can help you choose the Luberon that's perfect for you!