And picturesques villages
The Luberon national park is an area in Vaucluse, Provence, dominated by a small mountain range running East-West between the Durance and Calavon rivers. The mountain range reaches above 3000 ft (1000 m.) and is largely uninhabited and natural terrain, apart from some small attractive villages. There is one very narrow winding road running South-North from Lourmarin to Apt over the mountains with occasional views over the Provence countryside. Much of this is fairly unspoilt agricultural land with many vineyards contributing to the underrated Cotes du Luberon appellation. Very popular with cyclists, hill walkers and rock climbers, the area has remained largely unspoilt for centuries.
The main language is French but there is also another language spoken in Provence, which is Provençal. This dialect was extensively spoken in the region in the past but in the present day Provençal is only taught in some schools and universities in the region and spoken by a diminishing number of people.
As in most of France, only a minority of locals can answer questions in English.
There is almost no public transport in the Luberon, just a few buses riding between Avignon and Apt. Renting a car is therefore the best way to visit the region. It is also possible to rent a bicycle because the destinations are close to each other but for shopping or going out it will be preferable to have a car.