What can you do in the Luberon during the long weekends in May?

Explore the best of the Luberon during the May bank holidays with our guide to activities and events. Culture, nature and gastronomy await you!

Page updated on 18/06/2024

As spring unfurls its flowery mantle and the May bridges approach, the Luberon transforms itself into the perfect place for memorable getaways. Whether it's hiking, taking your time, exploring the Luberon's hidden treasures steeped in history, or sampling local produce at the local markets, every moment promises to offer you a new discovery!

Check out our ideas for activities to liven up your long weekends in May!

Corso de Cavaillon: parade and traditional festivities

How about a taste of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games parade? How about that? 8 floats entirely decorated for the occasion with rings and flames, will feature historic sports, more recent sports and disabled sports.

From 9 to 12 May, come and discover the events and activities at the Cavaillon CORSO! Parades and concerts await you for an exceptional show! A programme not to be missed and an event not to be missed!

Lub'Art Fest: Urban and contemporary art festival in Coustellet

Get ready for a unique artistic experience at the first Lub'Art Fest urban and contemporary art festival on 18, 19 and 20 May in Coustellet! A varied programme and events: Graffiti workshops, Ska Barré circus workshop, shop exhibitions, frescoes, concerts, dances, shows, arts and crafts market (...) : Children, teenagers and adults alike will not want to miss out on this Whitsun weekend! Food-trucks and a refreshment bar will be available throughout the weekend. Give your creativity free rein and book your place for an unforgettable experience!

The Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon

The Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon are back in 2024 with a brand new format! Take advantage of these events throughout the year... So, on Sunday 05 May, join us for a cinematic escapade with Sandrine Dumas, actress, director and guest of honour! The programme includes screenings of three of her films, each followed by a discussion moderated by Eric Tellène.

  • États d'Âme at 1.45pm at La Cigale
  • Le père de mes enfants (The father of my children) at 4.10pm at La Cigale
  • Marilù (Encounter with a remarkable woman) at 6.40pm at La Cigale

So, have you booked your cinema tickets yet? :)

Festival Voix partagées - Lauris

In May, for the 4th edition, Lauris will be alive with concerts, courses, circle songs, shows, workshops, aperitif concerts, balls and cantèras... all centred on polyphonic singing, traditional music and conviviality.

On the programme for these musical and vocal encounters:

From 13 to 20 May: "EN VOIX" at the Festival Voix partagées
From 24 to 26 May - "Voix Partagées"
Wednesday 29 May - The party continues with ÉCLAT DE VOIX

Explore the Luberon hiking trails in spring

The hiking trails of the Luberon invite you, your family, friends or lovers to discover the beauty of the natural surroundings. You can choose from a wide range of hikes, depending on your tastes, wishes and level of difficulty.

Along the way, keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna that come into their own in spring. Embark on a green, soothing and relaxing journey and enjoy every moment in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon. Olive groves, poppies, vines, flowers (...). A real connection with nature... Take a breath!

Cycling the roads of the Luberon

Ride in the heart of the Luberon! Whether you're into mountain biking, road cycling or gravel, the Luberon offers an ideal, varied and accessible playground. Imagine riding along paths lined with cypress trees, olive groves and ancient plane trees, discovering hilltop villages that bear witness to the history and culture of Provence... How's that?

So how about not just imagining it, but actually experiencing it?

Get on your bike and let the birdsong and intoxicating scents of springtime nature guide you on a ride to remember.

Discover the itineraries!

Shopping in Lourmarin: charming boutiques and a gourmet break with friends

Lourmarin, with its charming little streets and the Provencal atmosphere we love so much, is the ideal setting for a shopping session with your girlfriends! This picturesque village in the Luberon is renowned for its cute boutiques, which you'll love discovering as you stroll through its narrow streets.

After your shopping session, take a gourmet break in one of the many cafés in the village, or stop off for a delicious raví ice cream or the local speciality, Gibassier de Lourmarin, at the Maison du Gibassier, while enjoying the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of one of France's most beautiful villages.

Discover the markets of Provence: local colours and flavours

The Luberon markets are a tradition rooted in the heart and soul of the region, and the weekends in May offer the perfect opportunity to discover our local produce. Discover our markets!

Cavaillon evening farmers' market

The Cavaillon farmers' market takes place every Thursday at Le Grenouillet from March to the end of September, from 4pm to 6.30pm. Find the best fresh produce in season: fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs, goat's cheese, jam, honey and olive oil. Everything that represents our beautiful Provencal land and is sure to tantalise your taste buds!

Lauris farmers' market

Every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm from April to the end of October, the Lauris farmers' market offers a wide range of delicious produce: vegetables, fruit, olive oil, honey, aromatic plants, bread, etc. See you at the market on Avenue de la Gare!

Lourmarin market

Don't forget the Lourmarin market, rich in local flavours, scents and colours! This typical little village, listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, hosts one of the biggest markets in the Vaucluse, every Friday from 8am to 1pm. You'll discover a Provencal atmosphere just the way we like it: stalls brimming with local produce, crafts and talented designers. A delicious opportunity to savour the richness of the Provencal terroir.

Wine tasting at a Luberon wine estate

Discovering the wine estates and cellars of the Luberon is a must-do tasting adventure for any wine lover visiting the region! With its picturesque landscapes and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, the Luberon offers a rich and varied wine experience. It's impossible to leave without tasting these wines with their distinctive characteristics. The winegrowers have a wide variety of grape varieties at their disposal to make their wines: syrah, grenache, vermentino (...). For a deeper immersion, some estates offer wine-tasting workshops: a great way to appreciate the quality of the wines even more.

And for those who don't know, we organise the Sunsets Vignerons en Luberon from 18 June to 10 September. This is a major event that involves visiting a participating wine estate, strolling through the vines, discovering the cellars and enjoying a late evening at sunset while sampling local dishes to match the estate's wines. It might just give you some ideas for your summer outings!

Picnic in the heart of the Luberon's best spots

Take advantage of these "off" weekends to get together with your loved ones or family and enjoy the mild spring weather of the Luberon. Famous for its varied landscapes and unspoilt nature, the Luberon offers a number of idyllic spots, perfect for an al fresco meal... So if you're looking for a spot, we've got just what you're looking for! In Cavaillon, Lourmarin, Vaugines, Les Taillades (...). Discover our perfect spots!

What to pack for a successful picnic: the checklist

For the perfect picnic, don't forget to take along some local produce (bought at the market, for example :)) Goat's cheese, tapenades, fresh fruit, and why not a Luberon wine and a good fruit juice to go with it all. Don't forget blankets, games for the kids and a hat to protect you from the sun. After a good meal, take a short nap (so sacred here!) and reconnect with nature!

Discovering the panoramas of the Luberon, a guide to breathtaking views

Mérindol: history and views from the Vieux Château

Head to the top of Mérindol's Old Castle (Castrum) for a splendid view over the Durance valley.

Les Taillades: quarries and views of the Luberon

From the top of the historic village of Les Taillades, an exceptional panorama awaits you over the quarries, the Luberon and the plain from Cavaillon to Mont Ventoux.

Lauris: charm and the terraces of the Château

This small village overlooks the Durance valley. We invite you to visit the terraces of the Château de Lauris for a feast for the eyes, right in the heart of nature!

Cavaillon: a trip to the top of Colline Saint-Jacques

Take the montée César de Bus to the right of the Destination Luberon tourist office and head for Cavaillon's Saint-Jacques hill. After climbing for around 20 minutes, you'll reach the summit where a spectacular view awaits you. Your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view... Here's a little tip... Go for the sunset and experience a magical moment!

Le Thor: discover the ruins of Château de Thouzon

Head to the top of the Thouzon hill, where the remains of the Château de Thouzon stand. A 10-minute walk from the car park will take you to the ruins, where you can marvel at the exceptional panoramic views!

Oppède-le-Vieux: the old village and its views

It's from the threshing floor that you can appreciate the whole of Oppède-le-Vieux: the ruins of the fortress, the collegiate church of Notre-Dame Dalidon (...). A panorama that will leave you speechless! And because the view is also incredibly worth the diversions, head to the top of the village to the church of Notre-Dame-Dalidon.

Gordes: The iconic Bel Air viewpoint

There you are! One of the most emblematic viewpoints not to be missed if you visit the village of Gordes: the Bel Air rock. A breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a stroll through the village, down the lane where the Caves du Palais Saint-Firmin are located, and you'll have a wonderful view of the villages of the Luberon.

Lagnes: a panoramic view of nature

From the heights of Lagnes, you can enjoy a view of the whole village and Saint-Pierre church. A natural setting where the colours change with the seasons, from the intense green of spring to the golden hues of autumn.

Fontaine de Vaucluse: the mysterious spring and its cliffs

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a village famous for its mysterious spring, is framed by some very impressive cliffs. The view from the heights near the Château des Évêques de Cavaillon captures the emerald river winding through the village, providing a striking contrast with the limestone rocks and lush greenery.

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