Pick up at the Tourist Office Board of Marseille to discover the Luberon Hilltop villages.
From geological and geographic point of view, Luberon is a far flung chain of limestone hills, whose formation is more or less contemporary with that of the Pyrenees around forty million years ago.
The Luberon Mountain stretches from Cavaillon up to the valley of Manosque and it cut into two unequal parts by the fault of Lourmarin : The Grand Luberon and the Petit Luberon
The landscapes of the Luberon are also highly varied. On the northern slopes, picturesque villages climb up and cling to the spurs of rock, each one marked by its bell tower, each one with its castle which dominates above and which bears witness to a past of wars, sieges and raids. The southern slopes, on the contrary is the softer, more intimate side, better prepared to receive the green spaces which open in the lazy curves of the Durance.
During the tour, you will visit 3 villages who are classified as some of the most beautiful villages of France.
Ménerbes: The ancient Machovilla mentioned by Gregory of Tours rises up on the peak of a hill. A citadel of solid Calvinist faith, it was besieged from September 1577 to December 1578 by a Cathoilic army of almost ten thousand men. It was the catholics who built the present castle in 1581. From the top of the village you can admire a wonderful panorama of the Vallee du Luberon. You can also visit the House of the Truffle and Wine to discover the variety of the wine produced in this area.
Roussillon : It owes its name to the reddish colour of its houses. Located in the heart of one of the biggest ocher sites in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ocher quarries. The reds, yellows and browns tones of the earth form a contrast with the lush green pine trees. The deep blue sky and the exceptional light quality make it a magical place.
The village is lovely from the outside, set in a deep green pine forest on bright red-ochre hills but even more spectacular inside, with the colourful old buildings and narrow medieval streets.
From the terrace the view on the ochre cliffs, composed of 16 or 17 different shades is spectacular.
You can also go for a walk following the "Giants' Causeway, among jagged rust-red cliffs, relieved by a
scattering of pines and evergreen oaks.
From your first steps in the village of Roussillon, you will be seized by its charm and its atmosphere. You will stroll with pleasure in the picturesque maze of streets and squares.
Gordes :. This very beautiful old village is perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. It seems to be an unbelievable "stone cascade" : the stone houses are built in tight against the base of the cliffs and others are perched on the rocks above, and all together are topped by a 12th-century which reminds the passer-by of a past rich with conquests but also marked with the sufferings of its inhabitants. Today, the castle acts as both a Town Hall and a Museum sheltering the works of art of the painter Pol Mara