Gordes in Luberon, Provence ©Solange Hando
At the heart of Provence, Luberon is a scenic land of fertile valleys and hill top villages framed by mountains and tumbling streams.
Several villages, including Gordes, are listed among the most beautiful in France, in a region made famous by expat Peter Mayle, author of 'A year in Provence' and its sequels.
Shepherd's Hut, Luberon ©Solange Hando
Known as 'bories', these traditional dry stone huts are still found on mountain slopes. Once used by shepherds, now they can offer a welcome shade to walkers on a hot day.
Not far from Gordes in the Apt region, the restored Bories Village is a historic monument, an inspiring place where the local architecture is sprinkled among the holm oak trees.
Fontaine de Vaucluse in Provence ©Solange Hando
Fontaine de Vaucluse is one of the most popular spots, a must see for its spectacular scenery and the river Sorgue, emerald green, lined with tempting restaurants on stilts and a working paper mill.
You can canoe on the Sorgue and if you follow the path up the cliff, for 15 minutes or so, you reach the source of the river. There, you might witness the largest resurgence in Europe, most impressive after the rain.
Luberon Vineyards©Solange Hando
Driving across Luberon takes you past lush vineyards where one can often visit the cellars, taste and buy from the producer.
Red, rosé and white are all available, the perfect accompaniment to the tasty food of Provence, especially rich in tomatoes, olives and melons in Cavaillon.
L'Isle sur la Sorgue ©Solange Hando
Often called 'the little Venice', l'Isle sur la Sorgue is a delightful place laced by canals and tightly hugged by the river. There are lovely buildings and attractive lanes, flower-draped bridges and old waterwheels covered in moss.
The town is known for its art studios, galleries and most of all its antique shops for which it comes second only to Paris in the whole of France.
View from Menerbes Hilltop Village in Provence, Luberon ©Solange Hando