Until the late 1980s the Luberon was a sleepy area of Provence in between the River Durance and the Vaucluse Plateau which many people had never heard of. Then the phenomenon of A Year in Provence, the autobiographical novel by Peter Mayle, happened and everyone wanted to go there.
Despite being blamed by some for spoiling the Luberon, Peter Mayle has in fact been responsible for a boom in tourism which many of the locals are quite happy about. Villages which were dying have been brought to life although it has to be said that often these same villages are deserted in the off-season as the owners of second homes go back to Paris and London.
The Luberon boasts many charming villages such as Bonnieux, Lacoste, Saignon, Lourmarin and Ménerbes, (the last two are Plus Beaux Villages) wooded hills with plenty of good walking, g?reat markets, growers of quality wines such as the Château de la Canorgue and some excellent restaurants in this relatively unspoilt area of Provence.
The Lavender fields in June have to be seen to be believed and perhaps this month, along with September when there are fewer visitors, are the best best months to enjoy the peace, quiet and sunshine of the Luberon.
In 1977 the Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon was created to protect the area.
For a map of the Luberon tap here.