I recommend going early to be able to park the car. Many people visit this place, especially during summer.
There are some routes which can be done walking and are perfect to get to know the place. (ask at the information point in order to get a map and be able to follow those routes).
The highlands of Provence, especially the Vaucluse area, are full of wonderful stretches of lavender fields, in beautiful harmony with the Mediterranean vegetation and produce an explosion of colors around June and July every year. Being near to one of these fields, breathing the scent of lavender and hearing the hum of bees is an experience to remember ...
Located in the heart of Provence, Lourmarin is said to be one of the most beautiful villages of France. It's the typical Provencal place with French drains everywhere. When you get to this unique part of France it'll be exactly what you expect to find: Artists, harmonious colors, elegance, serenity, bohemian touches, the smell of lavender. You can expect to find the essence of the Mediterranean. Little roads filled with street art, it seems that every store, every house, every window, competes to be the most admired, the most photographed and the most remembered. No wonder the people who live here are celebrities like Albert Camus. If I could, I'd stay here long-term also. Lourmarin is in a small town with all the good taste and the French "savoir faire." And finally, it's set on a sweeping and generous landscape. So Provence, so, Lourmarin.
I remember I fell in love with this town when I saw a film set in Provence. My curiosity made me wait for the credits to find out where the outdoor scenes were located. Over time, during my trip to Provence, Bonnieux, became one of my destinations. The reality, surpassed the film. Bonnieux is a beautiful Provencal village perched on a hill. From afar it looks like a cube building, honey colored, concentric is embedded in the slope. Its highest point is the "Eglise Haute". It takes 85 steps to get to this point. Enroute we pass through picturesque alleys, tunnels that lead to courtyards with palatial houses, ruins of houses that offer touches of romance. But this is just an appetiser of what to expect when you reach the top. The splendor of the Provencal landscape was unveiled before our eyes. Great cypresses stand near the church, where you can take a summer siesta or sit on one of the benches to contemplate the infinity of the landscape. Meanwhile, the buzzer, the cricri sings, characteristic of the Mediterranean summer evenings and you feel like you are in paradise. Time stops and you have no desire to go elsewhere. Bonnieux has become a very special place for me. I have struggled to choose from the photos, I would have uploaded them all ;)
On the way to Avignon, after visiting the city of Orange, we stopped to visit the people who elected many popes as a holiday when they were headquartered in Avignon. Châteauneuf was the current Castel Gandolfo. Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( New Castle of the Pope) has given us a big ocean glued to the river vineyards, with a lovely view while driving and some lovely photos of one of the major wine regions of southern France. It is nice to leave the car and wander as you discover cellars, wineries, restaurants... But what is the best in the town are the ruins of the castle of the Popes that offers views of the town and the valley of the Rhone. A carpet of green velvet and the bottom, the blue of the Grand Rhone. During our visit us the unflappable Mistral that blew up the castle accompanied us and we vehemently tried to keep up. It was fun, it's impossible to maintain balance and to take the picture. The Best thing of Châteauneuf, was to enjoy a marriage of Provencal food and wine from this area with denomination of origin itself. Then we toured many wineries for some tasting. In the end, we came back from our vacation with many bottles , because of course it would be a mistake not doing so as they are one of the most legendary wines of the Rhone Valley and of France. For a wine lover is a must-do.