"The Luberon mountains rise up immediately behind the house...."

 The Luberon mountains consist of two mountain ranges: the Grand Luberon (east) and the Petit Luberon (west). Boasting pristine oak and cedar forests along with a dry climate and vegetation makes it a haven for hikers. The area has also retained alot of it's original charm due to a national park status put in place in 1977 to protect it from the jaws of overdevelopment and trashy tourism. Typical vegetation to the area includes wild trees of olives and figs and deliciously aromatic mint, laurel and myrtle shrubs.

Mayle's A Year In Provence (1989) actually contributed largely to the popularity of the area which has now become quite the fashionable place to visit. The area can be easily enjoyed by car, stopping off intermittently for a picnic and a drop of rose along the way, although those feeling fit enough enjoy to take in the scenery by casual bike riding or set riding tours. The best time of year for this is between April and July as summer is too hot and it may be too wet at other times of the year.