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Provence mountain villages

Provence

We visited three Provence mountain villages at that day. Every one of them had a different 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 is situated at 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 pinetrees. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical site. We also went to enjoy 1km long Sentier des Ocres (Ochre Trail), entrance fee is 2EUR. 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' who's pelage has totally changed during the walk. But the walk itself gives you magnificent views.

From Roussillon we headed towards Spain. During our driving in countryside we stopped several times to enjoy the view and take the pictures - lavender valleys, cherry trees with mellow fruits, country houses, this all was very beautiful. By the evening we were near the Spain border, in the medieval village Lagrasse environed with 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 good place to explore anytime of the year and has a number of good restaurants. Lagrasse is officially one of the "most beautiful villages in France". We found the accommodation here just knocking the door. We found an excellent Bed and Breakfast (Chambre d'Hotes) type place Les Trois Graces. This place has excellent kitchen and charming tiny rooms. The price for the room including breakfast was 50EUR.

Every village we visited at that day was different; they all had their own charm.

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