On that day, we went to three mountain villages in Provence. Each of them had a distinctive charm.
Bonnieux is one of the prettiest hilly villages on the north side of the Luberon. When we drove towards Bonnieux, the church tower was the first thing we noticed. Bonnieux has some excellent restaurants, complete with charming terraces. From the top, we enjoyed a remarkable view of the agricultural land of the Calavon valley, the Mounts of Vaucluse, and the Ventoux.
Roussillon, 10 km from Bonnieux Situated in the Luberon, at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Roussillon is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is considered one of the most impressive villages in Roussillon and is situated on one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world. It is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. The red, yellow, and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical site. We also went to enjoy the one-kilometer long Sentier des Ocres (Ochre Trail). The entrance fee is two euros. If going there, be sure you do not wear anything white—it can be promised that color will change on that trail. We saw one ‘white dog’ whose color had changed during the walk. But the walk itself gives you magnificent views.
From Roussillon, we headed towards Spain. During our drive in the countryside, we stopped several times to enjoy the view and take pictures—lavender valleys, cherry trees with mellow fruits, country houses—all of which were very beautiful. By the evening, we were near the Spanish border, in the medieval village of Lagrasse, surrounded by grape fields.
Lagrasse. The village is famed for its Abbey, medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs over the summer months, and a lovely 12th-century hump-backed bridge. It is a good place to explore any time of the year and has many good restaurants. Lagrasse is officially one of the “most beautiful villages in France”. We found the accommodation here just by knocking on the door. We found an excellent B&B (Chambre d’Hotes) type of place, Les Trois Graces. This place has an excellent kitchen and charming tiny rooms. The price for the room, including breakfast, was 50 euros.
Every village we visited that day was different; they all had their charm.
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