From the banks of the Sorgue to hilltop villages, visit these typical Luberon places with impressive landscapes and so singular conviviality.
From Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, via Saumane-de-Vaucluse, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Le Thor, discover or rediscover this corner of Provence where it is good to live. Stroll on foot or by bike between orchards and vineyards, kayak descent along the Sorgue, diving in the heart of the villages of antique shops, flea markets, and markets with colorful and tasty products, visit the built and natural heritage meeting the traditions and know-how that forged the character of the terroir and men, the list of activities and outputs is almost inexhaustible.
The Pays des Sorgues between Luberon and Ventoux
Guarded to the northeast by the legendary silhouette of Mont Ventoux, to the north by the Monts de Vaucluse ravaged by impressive limestone gorges, to the southeast by the ripples of the Petit and Grand Luberon, and to the south by the Alpilles chain, guardian of access to the Crau and the Camargue, the Pays des Sorgues is, strictly speaking, at the crossroads of various cultures and landscapes that have forged the character of this corner of Provence of all times pampered by its inhabitants and prized by artists and writers.
To the west, twenty minutes by train from Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, a renowned wine terroir and village perched by charming alleys, the Cité des Papes, offers visitors the incomparable beauty of its architecture and a cultural offer of international renown.
To the east, less than twenty kilometers from L'Isle-sur-Sorgue, nicknamed the Venice Comtadine, the villages of Gordes, Lourmarin, Ménerbes and Roussillon encompass their stone rosaries along the steep foothills of Petit Luberon and Mourre Nègre. In the centre, the Plaine des Sorgues contains natural treasures, such as the mysterious chasm of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the secret valleys surrounding the picturesque village of Saumane-de-Vaucluse, or the underground wonders of the Caves of Thouzon.
This land of culture, celebrated by René Char, child of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Frédéric Mistral and the Félibrige, but also, once, by Petrarch, is punctuated with castles, such as that of the family of Sade in Saumane-de-Vaucluse, churches and chapels. Cultural centres, foundations and museums maintain a diverse cultural offer, often internationally.
However, we cannot mention Provence, let alone the many markets that regularly animate the streets of our villages: early fruits, honey, olive oil, wine, lavender and candied fruits offer a range of flavors whose producers know how to share the secrets with generosity.