Halfway between the Luberon and the high Alps lies the broad, flat floodplain of the River Durance. Centuries ago, this natural pass was crossed by the Via Domitia – the main road that enabled Roman legionnaries and traders to travel through the south of Gaul. It’s now crossed by a more modern equivalent: the A8 motorway.
The area is also famous for its lavender fields, especially around Manosque and the nearby Plateau de Valensole. Many growers offer guided visits and sell products direct: ask in any local tourist office for one of the free Routes de la Lavande leaflets.