Our accommodation is in a Provençal farmhouse in the middle of the Luberon countryside. This location is ideal for exploring the surrounding area without taking the car. For us, the countryside of Bonnieux is a complete change of scenery.
Since arriving in Provence, we've been walking around our accommodation, especially in the mornings when the temperatures are still cool. As October begins, the charm of this tranquil landscape comes alive with a unique blend of natural beauty and rustic allure.
Here's a small photographic report of our strolls, where every twist and turn reveals a new facet of Provence's timeless appeal.
The countryside of Bonnieux
How could I describe the Bonnieux countryside to you if I didn't have a camera to capture our walks?
The picturesque Luberon region comprises many elements, including charming country roads that are great to drive, cycle or walk along, orchards, lavender fields, vineyards, olive groves, and cool woods, all dotted with villas and fortified farmhouses.
And, of course, the views of the surrounding area are breathtaking, particularly of the surrounding hilltop villages.
Below is a guide to some of the features that make up the local landscape.
A scenic walk through small country roads
Our adventure begins with the meandering country roads that crisscross this bucolic landscape.
Whether you're exploring by car, bicycle, or on foot, these charming routes offer a delightful way to immerse yourself in the essence of Provence.
Each bend in the road unveils new vistas, from rolling hills to quaint hamlets, inviting you to savour the unhurried pace of rural life.
Orchards abound: cherries, apples and olives
Provence's agricultural heritage shines brightly in its abundant orchards.
Strolling through orchards laden with cherries, apples, and olives, you'll encounter the essence of Provencal cuisine.
The rich scent of ripe fruits mingles with the earthy aroma of olive groves, giving you a taste of the region's flavours before you even reach the market.
Vineyards in Harvest Season
As you continue your journey, you'll encounter vineyards where the grape harvest has already commenced.
Some vines still bear their precious cargo of grapes, the promise of future bottles of fine Provencal wine.
The vibrant colours of the vine leaves, tinged with autumn hues, create a beautiful contrast against the backdrop of the rolling countryside.
Soothing Shade in the Enchanting Woods
The wooded areas provide welcome shade and coolness for those seeking respite from the warm October sun.
With temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day, these tranquil groves offer the perfect opportunity to recharge and connect with nature.
Cypress Trees: Icons of Provencal Landscape
No Provencal landscape is complete without the iconic cypress trees punctuating the horizon. These slender, tall sentinels stand proudly against the backdrop of the countryside, adding a touch of timeless elegance to the scene.
Historic Villas, Bastides, and Old Cabanons
Amidst the natural beauty, the countryside is adorned with historic villas, bastides (fortified farmhouses), and old cabanons (field cabins), each with a unique story.
These architectural gems serve as a testament to the region's rich history and provide a glimpse into the lives of generations past.
Fields of lavender, even in dormancy
Although it's early October, the fields of lavender may not be in their full violet splendour, but their presence is still enchanting.
As the lavender awaits its time to bloom (next year!), you can appreciate the promise of beauty yet to come. The muted green of the lavender fields sets a serene backdrop against the azure skies, reminding us of the seasons' gentle transitions.
I wanted to get an idea of the beauty of lavender fields in flower using photoshop!
Breathtaking Panoramic Views
As you ascend the countryside, breathtaking panoramic views unfold before you.
The majestic peaks of Petit-Luberon, Grand-Luberon, Monts de Vaucluse, and Mont Ventoux frame the horizon, creating a postcard-worthy backdrop at every turn.
Little surprises along the way
You can always expect little surprises when you discover a region on foot. Those things you see that make you smile or arouse your curiosity.
A stroll through the countryside of Bonnieux and Lacoste is an enchanting experience that captures the essence of Provence. As October casts its warm, golden glow over the land, this picturesque landscape invites you to slow down, savour the moment, and embrace the timeless beauty of this corner of the world.
Plan Your Provencal Escape
Are you feeling inspired? It's time to plan your adventure in this captivating corner of Provence. Whether you're drawn to the lavender fields, the vineyards, or the charming villages, the countryside of Bonnieux and Lacoste promises a memorable escape. So, pack your bags and immerse yourself in this idyllic region's rustic allure and natural splendour – your Provencal adventure awaits!
Visit the tourist board website for the area of Bonnieux.
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