Romantic escape in the Luberon: your guide to the must-sees for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! The Luberon, with its hilltop villages and breathtaking scenery, is the perfect backdrop for celebrating love.

Page updated on 12/02/2024

Although love is celebrated all year round, this region, where the charm of Provence blends with rich history and unspoilt nature, offers a multitude of romantic spots for couples in search of unforgettable moments.

Follow us on this romantic journey through the Luberon to discover our favorite spots for a successful Valentine's Day!

It's up to you to write your own love story...

Lourmarin and its Château

Lourmarin, classified by the association "Les plus beaux villages de France", is a charming village with an atmosphere of narrow streets and stone buildings steeped in history. Strolling through the village, you'll discover treasures of local craftsmanship, welcoming cafés and inviting art galleries around every corner. Lourmarin is also a village of letters and history, having seduced writers and thinkers who fell in love with the village, such as Albert Camus, who rests peacefully here.

The Château de Lourmarin, Provence's first Renaissance château, offers a majestic backdrop for lovers of history and architecture. A visit to Château de Lourmarin is a journey through time, with each room revealing treasures of art and history, period furnishings and works of art.

With its cultural events, rich heritage and exceptional natural setting, Lourmarin is an unmissable romantic stopover, offering lovers a timeless setting for forging unforgettable memories in the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Park.

Gordes and the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque

Gordes, also classified by the association "Les plus beaux villages de France", is a typical Provencal village perched on its rock in the heart of the Monts de Vaucluse. For a change, why not discover the Gordes itinerary by bike? Explore Gordes and the surrounding area with your loved ones and embark on a romantic adventure! Along the way, discover the villages of Beaumettes, Goult, Gordes, Saint-Pantaléon (...) and many more! From 14km to 69km, choose your itinerary to suit your mood and pace. Bring a picnic to enjoy along the way (you'll easily find what you're looking for ;)).

Depending on your itinerary, you may arrive at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque. This Cistercian edifice, still inhabited by monks, stands in an exceptional natural environment, creating a tableau vivant that seems to have come straight out of a Provencal postcard! The tranquil setting invites couples to stroll hand in hand. The perfect place for nature and heritage lovers.

We also invite you to contemplate the village of Gordes at the end of the day, from the Rocher Bel air or by taking a moment on the bench at the bottom of the rock, with a view of the village... A lovely suspended moment awaits you.

Lauris and the Terrasses du Château

Between the Durance River and the Luberon, discover Lauris, a small Provencal village on a rocky outcrop. During your stay in the Luberon, Lauris will reveal its treasures to you, its authentic old village with its flower-filled streets and the terraces of its castle. Lauris stands out for its rich historical and cultural heritage, embodied by its ancient fountains, church and old buildings.

From the Lou Badarèu belvedere on the Château terraces, you'll have a marvellous view of the Durance valley, Cézanne's mythical mountain Sainte-Victoire to the east and the Alpilles to the west.

Sunset from the terraces is a magical moment, when the last rays set the landscape ablaze, offering an unforgettable spectacle. It's the ideal setting for a romantic moment together.

Cabrières-d'Avignon and the Cedar Forest

Cabrières d'Avignon is a charming little village nestled between stone, garrigue and cedars. With its narrow streets lined with dry-stone houses and preserved historical heritage, such as the Mur de la Peste (Plague Wall), this village invites you to discover the history of this Provencal land.

The Forêt des Cèdres de Cabrières-d'Avignon is a place of tranquility, distinguished by its gentle atmosphere and the grandeur of its cedars. Marked trails wind through a verdant landscape dominated by cedars and garrigue. For a couple's stroll, we can't recommend this place, full of breathtaking views, calm and rejuvenation. The February temperatures will allow you to picnic on the tables provided after your walk. The perfect opportunity to share your sweetest words with your loved one.

This little haven of peace is a perfect blend of nature and culture. Lovers and enthusiasts of history and the great outdoors can't fail to be amazed!

Cavaillon and Saint-Jacques hill

Cavaillon, gateway to the Luberon region, is a dynamic city with a rich cultural heritage. Its historic center, with the Cathédrale Saint-Véran, the Hôtel-Dieu archaeological museum and the Roman Arch, bears witness to its past.

The hill of Saint-Jacques stands at the heart of the town and its historic heritage. Accessible via the 400 steps next to the tourist office, sports enthusiasts will be delighted to reach the summit and be rewarded with a spectacular backdrop for their moment à deux, with a breathtaking view of the town, the Monts de Vaucluse, the Luberon and the Alpilles. It's also the ideal spot for a little hand-in-hand stroll in this idyllic, verdant setting. If you climb to the summit at the end of the day, then let yourself be transported by the golden landscape at sunset... A romantic moment that won't leave your other half indifferent...

Oppède-le-Vieux and the Sainte-Cécile gardens

Oppède-le-Vieux, a medieval village in the Luberon, is probably one of the most authentic and well-preserved in the region. This timeless village, with its cobbled streets - calades - overlooked by a ruined 13th-century fortress and collegiate church, plunges you into the heart of the Middle Ages.

Start your romantic escapade from the Sainte-Cécile parking lot in Oppède-le-Vieux, with a stroll through the Sainte-Cécile gardens. The gardens invite you to take your time in a green space to discover the flora on a botanical trail lasting around 40 minutes. You'll be amazed by the threshing floor, a haven of peace with a breathtaking view of the old village of Oppède.

Then, of course, explore the village of Oppède-le-Vieux, which will reveal its mysterious past as you go. Climb to the top of the village to discover the Collégiale Notre-Dame Dalidon, the remains of the fortress and its exceptional panorama over the Calavon plain and the Monts de Vaucluse. Indeed, Oppède-le-Vieux is an invitation to celebrate love in an environment where nature and history meet, offering an unforgettable setting for a Valentine's Day in the Luberon.

Mérindol and its ornithological observatory

Mérindol is famous for its ornithological observatory, a special place for birdwatchers and nature lovers. This peaceful village offers a beautiful getaway in the heart of unspoilt countryside, where many species can be observed in a natural, tranquil setting, inviting visitors to discover and respect the local biodiversity.

Stroll along the banks of the Durance, take in the surrounding scenery and contemplate. Visit the ornithological observatory for a moment of peace and quiet. Don't forget your binoculars to observe the wildlife around you!

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Venice of Comtadine

Do you know Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Venice of Comtadine? If not, we can only recommend that you discover this charming little Provencal town with its paddlewheels and canals. The birthplace of the poet René Char, it's a real little corner of paradise, criss-crossed by numerous arms of the emerald Sorgue, on which old paddlewheels still turn, witnesses of an industrial past.

For a romantic stroll, we'd like you to discover some fifteen paddlewheels along a route you'll find at the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue tourist office. You'll be able to stroll around this Provencal town at your own pace, discovering the picturesque alleyways, facades and little stores that create its poetic atmosphere.

Fontaine de Vaucluse and Les Jardins de Pétrarque

Fourteenth-century Italian historian, humanist and poet François Pétrarque fell under the spell of the Vaucluse and its spring, which inspired his Canzionere. Les Jardins de Pétrarque at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse are a place where nature and literature meet.

He met Laure de Noves, for whom he had a mad and legendary passion. This impossible love inspired 366 poems, the "Canzonière" where he came to Fontaine de Vaucluse to meditate and write his poems.
Inspired by Petrarch's love for Laure, these gardens evoke the beauty and melancholy of 14th-century sonnets. To stroll through these gardens is to be carried away into a world where words take root and blossom in a thousand colors. The rustle of leaves and the murmur of the Sorgue's mysterious spring add a certain magic to the place, offering you a very romantic setting in the footsteps of Petrarch to enjoy a moment for two.

Le Thor and Château de Thouzon

Le Thor, a charming commune in the Vaucluse region crossed by the Sorgue river, offers an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. It's an ideal place for a romantic get-together, where nature and history blend harmoniously, especially at the top of the hill of Château de Thouzon. The ruins of an ancient fortified monastery, known as Château de Thouzon, are listed as a Monument Historique. Explore this testimony to the past along the hiking trails that wind their way up to this historic site. Admire the sunset... A moment of contemplation, head on your partner's shoulder, facing an exceptional panorama.

So, what do you think of this guide to your next romantic getaway in the Luberon?

If you're looking for accommodation (B&Bs, hotels...) or a restaurant to complement your stay, our travel consultants will be able to guide you according to your desires.

See you soon in the Luberon!

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