Our visit to Provence & Marseille: Day 1 in Lubéron

We moved around Europe quite a bit since last year, so for this summer, we decided to stay here in France. This was an opportunity for me to discover the Provence region and I wasn’t disappointed at all! The region which is called Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) in French has so many things to offer ; the Southern Alps, gorgeous beaches on the Mediterranean shore, lavender fields, olive groves, pine forests, one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe, the Verdon Gorge,  cute little villages across Luberon and much more…

We decided to visit the region because my husband’s uncle lives in Aix en Provence and we hadn’t visited him since I moved here. We also have friends living in Marseille, and we had lots of fun on our previous visit and couldn’t wait to do it again.

On our first day, we visited the Lubéron region. There are many hill villages around the valley to visit but we just had one day so we stopped to see only three.

Our first stop was Bonnieux, a little and pretty village at 425 meters overlooking the valley. We spent around an hour just walking around admiring the architecture.

Our next stop was Gordes, who has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

By the time we reached there, it was already lunch time so we decided to eat before our visit. We decided to enter the first restaurant that we could find a place as it was so crowded every where. We found Casa Rosario, an Italian restaurant not really far away from the castle. They have a variety of Italian dishes at reasonable prices and a very cute terrace so I would recommend this place if you are craving Italian food 🙂 We went for pizzas and wasn’t disappointed at all!

We walked around, getting lost in the tiny streets, and once again admiring our surroundings. Near Gordes, you can visit village des Bories, where you can see little round stone huts used by shepherds.

Another sight not to miss near Gordes is the Senanque Abbey, surrounded by lavender fields. Unlike us, you can visit the inside of the abbey for 7,5 euros.

We ended the day at Roussillon; another cute little village famous for the rich deposits of ochre pigments found in the clay nearby. You can walk in the “Sentier des Ochres” (Ochres path) which guarantees spectacular, dreamy sights. The entrance to the Sentier is 5 euros and you have two options; long or short tour. They told us that the long tour takes around 45 minutes and the short one 20. However, we managed to finish the long tour in around 30 minutes at an easy pace so, be aware that you might find it kind of short 🙂

As you can see we managed to see lots of wonderful sights in one day, but I will surely go back to see everything that we couldn’t see! If you are visiting the Provence region of France Lubéron is definitely a must see.