Don’t be put off by the hills – the Luberon is a fantastic destination for cyclists. Several bike routes criss-cross the countryside, including Les Ocres à Vélo, a 51km route that takes in the ochre villages of Apt, Gargas, Rustrel, Roussillon and Villars, and the Véloroute du Calavon, a purpose-built bike path that follows the route of a disused railway line for 28km between Beaumettes in the west (near Coustellet), via Apt, to La Paraire in the west (near St-Martin-de-Castillon). Plans are under way to extend the trail all the way from Cavaillon to the foothills of the Alps, but it’ll be a while before it’s completed.
For longer trips, Le Luberon à Vélo has mapped a 236km itinerary that takes in pretty much the whole Luberon. Tourist offices stock detailed route leaflets and can provide information on bike rental, luggage transport, accommodation and so on.
Several companies offer e-bikes, which have an electric motor. They’re not scooters – you still have to pedal – but the motor helps on the ascents.
The Luberon is graced with three main wine appellations: the Côtes du Ventoux, the Côtes du Luberon and the Coteaux de Pierrevert. There is a huge number of winegrowers, both large and small. If you’re up for some tasting, the best idea is to stop by the nearest tourist office and request a map that shows all the local vineyards, co-ops and cellars. The Les Vins Luberon (www.vins-luberon.fr) website also has a comprehensive list of producers.