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Exploring Provence

Lourmarin is situated in the Luberon Regional Park with numerous hiking, bike/horse riding paths through wild thyme, rosemary and juniper. I have lots of maps, guides and ideas to make the most of this wonderful place.

There are many attractive villages in the vicinity of Lourmarin: Cucuron, Lauris, Ansouis and travelling north through the combe, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Gordes, Apt, Ménerbes and Roussillon, to name but a few.

Larger towns within an hour's drive include Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Arles, St. Remy de Provence and Marseille.

The French Riviera with Antibes, Cannes with its famous film festival, Nice, and St. Tropez are all a day-trip from here.

Arles has a 1st century Roman Arena and an Antique Theatre,

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There is also an annual International meeting of Photography.

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The Gorges du Verdon is a spectacular canyon to the north east, with hiking, camping, and river rafting. Nearby is the Plateau of Valensole with vast lavender fields and lakes. Further to the east are the ski areas of Briançon and the Alps.

Lavender fields abound with the harvesting taking place early July.

Local villages of note.

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The beautiful unspoilt village of Ansouis ... which occasionally erupts, as here during the Fête de la Musique

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Market day in Cucuron around the étang

Fête Nationale 14 Juillet

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Palace of the Popes, Avignon

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Activities you can pursue in the area include wine tasting, hiking, shopping at the local markets, French language lessons, painting & Photography workshops, Rock climbing, museums, sporting events, river rafting, etc.

Walking in the fjords of the Calanques between Cassis and Marseille. An hour's drive for a swim, picnic or a boat trip.

 

 

There are several good regional websites with a wealth of information, including www.luberon-news.com, www.provencebeyond.com, www.provenceguide.com, www.tourisme.fr, www.aboutprovence.com, www.slowtrav.com, www.provencelive.com, www.provenceweb.fr, www.francetourism.com, www.meteo.fr, http://www.tgv-europe.com/en/ http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/?, www.ign.fr

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