This seven-day walk (part of a longer walk that we did in 2007) took us across the whole sweep of the Luberon, the mountainous hinterland of Provence, west and north of the valley of the Durance.
Most of the first part of our walk was in the valley of the Calavon to the north, but we crossed the Grand Luberon at what certainly felt like its highest point (but wasn’t), and then crossed back through the break between the Grand and the Petit Luberons. Both valleys were gardens of Eden, with Plus Beaux Villages thick on the ground.
The walking was often strenuous and the weather hot, but we started early and there was invariably a village nearby with all the comforts of civilisation.
Getting to Manosque
Manosque has a railway station so you can get there from almost anywhere in France.
Day 1: Manosque to Céreste
Day 2: Céreste to Rustrel
Day 3: Rustrel to Apt
Day 4: Apt to Lourmarin
Day 5: Lourmarin to Roussillon
Day 6: Roussillon to Gordes
Day 7: Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
This map shows accommodation icons for each night. Zoom in on a particular icon to see its precise location.
You can also see this map using Google Earth and take a virtual flight along our route.