Top things to do in The Luberon

Top Choice Church in Gordes

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque

If you're searching for that classic postcard shot of the medieval abbey surrounded by a sea of purple lavender, look no further. This sublime Cistercian abbey provides one of the most iconic shots of the Luberon, a…
Top Choice Mine in Rustrel

Colorado Provençal

Named after its fiery red and orange landscape (which locals likened to Colorado), this former ochre quarry is one of the best places to appreciate the area's mineral riches. Ochre was mined here from the 1880s unti…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lourmarin

Auberge La Fenière

It doesn’t get more Provençal than this wonderful farmhouse, run by Michelin-starred chef Reine Sammut, who is gradually handing the reins over to his daughter, Nadia. The multi-course menus are hymns to Provençal p…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lauris

Le Champ des Lunes

Overseen by Jérome Faure, who won his first Michelin star at 30, the stellar restaurant at Domaine de Fontenille has become one of the Luberon's most prestigious places to eat. Expect high-class haute cuisine, with …
Top Choice Forest in Bonnieux

Fôret des Cèdres

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 …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Cucuron

La Petite Maison de Cucuron

If you feel like you've earned a post-hike dinner, you're in luck: Cucuron has its own Michelin-starred bistro, La Petite Maison de Cucuron, where chef Eric Sapet creates sumptuous things from produce sourced from l…
Top Choice Modern French in Le Grand Luberon

Le Sanglier Paresseux

There’s one reason to make a detour to hilltop Caseneuve, 10km east of Saignon, and that’s to eat at the Lazy Boar, one of the Luberon’s most talked about tables. Cuisine is inventive, unfussy, seasonal and the perf…
Top Choice French in Ansouis

La Closerie

A renowned fine-dining establishment in Ansouis, overseen by chef Olivier and his wife Delphine. The food here is sophisticated but full of flavour and flair – which explains why it's practically impossible to get a…
Top Choice Cafe in Lourmarin

Café Gaby

There's a strip of cafes on pretty place de l’Orneau, but Café Gaby is the town's beating heart and soul. It's busy throughout the day – from gentlemen stopping in for morning coffee right through to evening pastis …
Top Choice French in Bonnieux

L’Arôme

Lodged in a charming vaulted cellar in Bonnieux, L’Arôme is a pricey but prestigious address, run by well-respected chef Jean-Michel Pagès. The menu revolves around gourmet ingredients with impeccable local provenan…