A Luberon holiday rental offers a real taste of Provence, bursting with charm and encompassing an amazing variety of natural landscapes. The glorious mixture of flamboyant towns, lavender strewn plains and forested carpeted mountains makes taking an apartment in Luberon, Provence a genuine treat. The Luberon area actually refers to a 55km mountain range which runs from Cavaillon to Manosque in the Vaucluse department of Provence, ideal for exploration by car, on foot, on a bicycle or from the saddle.
The forested mountains are absolutely beautiful, and the many luxury Luberon holiday rental villas that adorn the countryside are absolutely ideal for those wanting to take a walking, cycling or horse riding holiday in Luberon. There are almost endless walking, cycling and riding trails through the Luberon Mountains, and you can easily rent mountain bikes and hirelings from any of the Luberon apartments in Provence. The Luberon en velo cycle path is an excellent, 100km cycle route from Cavaillon to Forcalquier, and those taking a Luberon horse riding holiday can get plenty of suggestions, either from local stables or from any of the Luberon tourist information offices.
Luberon is Provence’s gastronomic centre, known for the quality of vineyard and orchards that grow on the sun-soaked slopes of the mountains. The natural produce in Luberon is fantastic, and if you like to cook, a self catering Luberon gite rental is a perfect place to experiment with Mediterranean flavours, as the finest, freshest produce around can be bought with ease in almost any village in the region, as market day varies from village to village.
The finest market town in Luberon is Apt, whose winding streets hide a huge range of medieval treasures. Anyone staying in an apartment in Luberon, Provence, with an interest in the long history of the region must visit Apt due to the excellent museums and huge range of ancient buildings that still dominate the skyline.
Roussillon is one of the most striking villages in the whole of France, and has been awarded as one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’. The ochre-red buildings look stunning against the backdrop of the deep forest which stretches out across the Plateau de Vaucluse.
Menerbes is a wonderfully preserved historic village in Luberon, steeped in history and wonderfully picturesque to boot. The Dolmen de la Pichouno are remarkable monuments to pre-historic settlements in the area, and there are some magnificent roman discoveries in and around the village. A Luberon holiday rental gite in Menerbes is also an excellent base for walking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays in Luberon.
The village of Gordes has long been a favourite with artists, nature lovers and famous faces looking to escape to the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the Luberon countryside. The dramatic white and grey stone buildings of Gordes provide the village with an absolutely timeless atmosphere, and there are many ancient treasures to discover throughout the village, and if you are lucky enough to take a Luberon gite rental in Gordes during the summer, there is a full calendar of theatrical, operatic and musical performances to enjoy.
Marseille (MRS) and Nimes (FNI) and Avignon (AVN) airports are all well within an hour of a holiday rental apartment in Luberon, Provence. A hire car is strongly advised to those taking a holiday in a Luberon rental gite, as the rural nature of the region makes it hard to travel with public transport.