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The Luberon typifies Provence with ancient & beautiful villages encircled by vineyards and fields of Lavender, sunflowers, cherries and olives.

The Vaucluse (translates as closed valley) has a wealth of history and is famous for its gastronomic delights such as Cavaillon melons, truffles, goats cheese and rose.

It is easy to understand why this has become a destination for the discerning to escape from everyday life. Many Parisians use the Luberon for weekend getaways due to the proximity to the capital via the TGV. It meets with and exceeds all the cultural and gastronomic expectations of the sophisticated consumer.

The fresh produce from the local markets of Bonnieux, Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin, Apt and Menerbes cannot be missed during your stay. They are a treat for the senses. There are also numerous local vineyards who offer tastings in spectacular locations. The local appellations are: Cotes du Ventoux and Cotes du Luberon.

The picturesque villages like Lacoste are perched on rugged hill tops with ancient narrow winding streets, market squares and fountains. They keep one foot in the past with very little change to the architecture, the locals going about their daily business as they have for centuries.

In the summer months the stone churches host classical concerts by orchestras and choirs from around the world. There are numerous art exhibitions, film, theatre and jazz festivals. In August, Pierre Cardin holds a music festival at his chateau in Lacoste which is within walking distance of the house.

The local shops and restaurants demonstrate that the traditional rustic Provencal aesthetic and local produce can be combined with a contemporary flare to create a truly inspirational lifestyle experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The region of Provence is not only famous as a rural idyll, but also for its amazing historic towns that inspired artists such as Van Gough and Cezanne. The towns and cities of Arles, Orange, Avignon, Nimes, Aix en Provence and Marseille all demonstrate some of the best examples of Roman architecture in Europe. The surrounding countryside is also a place to relax, unwind and have a chance to indulge in cycling, hiking in the Luberon National Park, riding, swimming or just relaxing by the pool.

For more information about the towns and villages of the area visit www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/villages.htm