Day Trip 3 - Going Over the Top: Lourmarin - Cucuron - Ansouis
This is a slightly longer journey because it involves driving to Bonnieux and then south across the Lubéron itself to villages on the other side. The road crossing the massif is brilliant but it is predictably very winding, fairly narrow and a bit tight if camping cars insist on travelling at the same time as you. After your twisting descent the road flattens out and arrives in Lourmarin. Very strollable, this village has a good collection of cafés, retaurants, galleries and charming village streetscapes. There is a three-way junction in town with tables on the street everywhere making an obvious place for a refreshment stop. You may encounter some street entertainment in summer like some lunchtime troubadours. There are two routes east to Cucuron, the northern one is a bit less obvious and goes through Vaugines. Cucuron has two elevated vantage points at each end of the village but its compelling feature is the étang, the lovely rectangular pool shaded by an enormous plane tree canopy in summer. With café tables on two sides and maybe a model sailboat drifting gently this is a lovely stopping place. Ansouis is a cute bump of a village about four kilometres sou-sou-east from Cucuron. It really isn’t very big but is home to the Michelin starred restaurant La Closerie. “La Closerie is like an ode to Provence!” – Guide Michelin 2016.