La foret des cedres with hiking and walking trails and panoramic views near Bonnieux, Luberon, Provence, France.

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Fôret des Cèdres

Top choice in The Luberon

In the scrubby hills about 6km south of Bonnieux, a twisty back road slopes up to this wonderful cedar forest, whose spreading boughs provide welcome relief from Provence’s punishing summer heat. Various paths wind through the woods, including a new nature trail that’s accessible for wheelchairs. The trip up to the forest is worth the drive by itself: the wraparound views of the Luberon valley and its villages perchés (hilltop towns) are out of this world.

Take the D36 towards Buoux and look out for the signs.

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