October was the perfect time to explore Provence. The boiling hot summer had given way to cool crisp mornings and wonderfully warm afternoons.
I want to share with you the highlight of the trip – cycling around the hill towns of the Luberon.
We hired bikes in Coustellet across from the Super U, near the disused railway and cycled along that lovely flat path for a few km before cutting across to the hill towns. The full circuit was 50Km. An electric bike did most of the work for me.
We passed through Bonnieux and carried on through Lacoste, Mènerbes, Oppède, Maubec, Robion, and back to Coustellet. The villages are strung along country roads. Each village was different and beautiful and charming… and up hill. The route was really well signposted (thankfully as it meant we didn’t have to check any maps). And we met very few other cars or cyclists.
We passed through farms, vineyards, and villages.
All perched on hills overlooking the countryside.
The villages were very quiet in October with only one or two cafes open.
This is our B&B in Gordes. I highly recommend it.
The room had a lovely private terrace and big bright windows.
All tastefully done with white walls and big windows!
The gardens were gorgeous and overlooked the beautiful countryside.
The pool was covered over but the owner offered to open it up if we wanted a swim.
The next day we walked to Sénanque Abbey. Check out the next post to find out more!