Guidebook to the Luberon Region of Provence

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For five years, from 1997 through 2001, we hosted small groups for a week at a time in the summer in our village of Lourmarin. In the course of preparing for our groups we wrote a guidebook on a variety of subjects of interest to travelers in the Luberon region of Provence. The guidebook is focused, practical, and based on our personal point of view--our experience, our research, our enthusiasm, and our taste. We have recently made it available in a pdf version for iPads and other tablets. It has been "road tested" and updated during our latest stay in Provence (January 2013). Users comments.

The Guidebook contains the following sections: 

  • A Very Brief History of Provence: A concise overview of 2500 years of history of the region. The emphasis is on the visible history--the traces of the past that remain in the present landscape.
  • Notes on Rural and Village Architecture: A quick survey of the kinds of rural buildings you will see in the countryside in Provence, along with some architectural features to note in the villages.

  • Back Roads of the Luberon: This section contains three back-road itineraries that take you to some of our favorite out-of-the-way places in the Luberon: tiny villages, evocative ruins, dramatic canyons, and intimate valleys. Itineraries include detailed directions, interpretive commentary, maps, and suggested places to eat.
  • Beyond the Luberon: This section includes five day-trips to sites within easy driving distance of the Luberon. The first takes you north of the Luberon into the Vaucluse plateau, with its lavender and wheat fields, rocky ridges, and sweeping vistas. The second takes you via Roussillon and Gordes to the superb Cistercian Abbey of Senanque and the remarkable Fontaine de Vaucluse. The third takes you along scenic back roads to Les Baux and St. Remy. The fourth takes you north through a wilder Provence to the pleasant town of Sault at the foot of Mt. Ventoux, and the fifth takes you even farther north, into the wine region of the craggy limestone peaks called the Dentelles.
  • Two Great Cities of Provence: This is our personal guide to two of the most visitor-friendly cities in Provence: Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Each is rich in history, full of life, and easy to explore on foot. Our itineraries give historical background as well as detailed information about where to park, where to eat, and what sites and scenes not to miss.

  • Wines of the Luberon: This section discusses the Cotes du Luberon appellation and then describes the wines of nine wineries that can be visited on both the south and the north sides of the Luberon..

  • The Food of Provence: This section includes an introduction to Provencal cuisine, some tips to help you enjoy your eating-out experiences, a discussion of the outdoor markets in Provence, a list of restaurants in the region that is tied in with the itineraries, and a French/English food glossary.

Our Guidebook to the Luberon Region of Provence in book form costs $20 (plus $2.75 postage) within the United States. For orders from Canada postage is $4.50; for orders from other countries it is $9.70. We have plenty of copies in stock. The pdf version, which we will send you electronically, costs $13.

If you would like to order a guidebook use the drop down menu below to select either the book version or the pdf.  As soon as we receive your payment we will mail your copy or send it to you as an attachment to an email..Your payment can be made either through PayPal (the "buy now " button) or by sending us a check. PayPal notifies us as soon as you make payment (you don't need to be a member). If you prefer to mail us a check, make it out to Sue Winn, and send it to Provence Byways, 7179 Scotts Valley Road, Yoncalla, OR, 97499

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 This page last updated February 6, 2014