Hidden Delights in South East France

Hidden Delights in South East France

In early September we left the French Alps to explore southeastern France, an area that neither of us had experienced previously. Our destination was the Luberon region in Provence, it is France at it’s finest. With a spectacular countryside of vineyards & orchards, fascinating villages perched right at the top of rolling hills, quaint markets, and outstanding collections of cuisine & cheeses.

Arriving in the south we were met by quaint villages with super narrow roads… Lots of Fun in the camper!

There are multiple villages in Luberon so we were hard pressed to cover it all in the five days that we had but we gave it a good nudge & having the bikes made this even easier along with reduced the feeling of guilt after the consumption of copious amounts of cheese, pastries & wine.

Riding between the villages through vineyards and apple orchards was the best way to get around.

The region is well known for its outstanding local produce & village markets. I believe there is a village market every day of the week. We didn’t do a market everyday, with men in toe this is never a good idea, but we did tick off a quaint market in Isle sur la Sorgue. This market offered fresh produce, every cheese you could imagine and a range of local artisan creations & fabrics. Isle sur la Soruge is where we stayed for the duration of our time. The biggest market in the region is on a Saturday in Apt, it can sometimes have over 300 stalls. Note that markets tend to be in the morning until around lunchtime & are finishing up about 1-2pm.

A couple of tasty treats to fuel the exploration

There is a great farmers market ‘marche paysan’ that sells all the local produce sold by the farmers who grew it in Velleron. It’s picked & sold all in the same day, pretty awesome! We got all of our fruit & veggies here and they were amazing.

The little villages are all very quaint, some larger than others but all offer impressive sights. The ones that we saw were;

Roussillon located very close to Gordes is famous for the ochre trail

Isle sur la Sorgue has a great market, the green cheese is amazing – it’s pesto cheese (no photo, sorry!)

Lagnes is a beautiful little town on a hill

More tasty food in Coustellete

All over the south of France there is phenomenal limestone rock climbing, Isle sur la Sorgue is no different. Tim and Danny are making the most of it here

Following our time in the Luberon region we visited the Gorges du Verdon. This is another must see destination in the south of France.  Here are some images of us making the most of our time there & the sunshine.

Some of the best rock climbing in the south can be found in the Gorges Du Verdon. The Views over the gorges are pretty good too!

Camping next to the top of the lake after the gorges, there were hardly any other tourists in September, making it even better

It was even warm enough to manage a few dips into the lake