To the south, the hills of the Luberon dominate the quiet course of the Durance. Dry stone walls gilded by the sun, tinted facades by natural ochres from the Provencal Colorado, terraces, fountains and shaded plots, in each village, artists and artisans demonstrate their talents. On the hillsides vineyards and cherry trees grow, and the plain is full of fruit, including the famous Cavaillon melon.
The department of Vaucluse (84) is part of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and is separated into five main areas: the region of Avignon, the Luberon, Mont Ventoux, the Pays des Sorgues and the Haut Vaucluse. The Vaucluse is known for its hilltop villages, of which 6 are classified as "most beautiful villages in France": Ansouis, Gordes and Roussillon in the Luberon Menerbes, Seguret in the Vaucluse and Venasque in the Venaissin County. Other notable sites of the Vaucluse are : Avignon, the Cité des Papes, Apt, Cavaillon, Lourmarin, Orange, and Bollène. The Vaucluse is ideal for hiking and biking, which offers numerous marked trails, exeptional reliefs such the Dentelles, or famous bike tracks, as the Col du Mont Ventoux.
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