"Slowly in the morning and not too fast in the afternoon" is a saying in the south of France. When you're never far from sublime scenery, an exquisite wine and a delicious meal, they're easy words to live by. So feel free to stop, sample and savor. And enjoy the magic of two sun-soaked lands. Slowly and not too fast.
1 Walk in the wild and ruggedly beautiful Luberon Valley, land of honey, lavender and cherries Spectacular scenery surrounds you—the views of Mont Ventoux, with its distinctive bald white peak, are especially memorable Looking at the gorgeous landscape, it doesn't take long to understand the region's deep connection to the art world.
2 Explore the picture-book streets of hilltop Bonnieux with a local guide Hike the wooded rolling hills and craggy cliffs of the Grand Luberon range, an area renowned for its truffles The ruins of medieval Fort de Buoux, perched on a high plateau, invite discovery An extraordinary gastronomic experience awaits in the beautiful courtyard at Mas Tourteron.
3 Join a private tasting of the best local vintages Amble through a landscape of limestone hills, olive orchards and vineyards Cross a Roman-built bridge to Roussillon Follow Grand Randonnée trails past wheat fields, oak forests and a truffle farm A hearty climb to the perched village of Gordes reveals spectacular views.
4 Discover the charming artists' haven of St-Rémy at its vibrant best on market day Seasonal fruits and vegetables, a multitude of cheeses, cut flowers, eggs, home-baked breads, olives, honey... there's something special about wandering amid the abundance of farm-fresh produce and lovingly crafted local goodies at le marché Travel to Spain's Costa Brava by private coach Dive right in with the exciting flavors of Spanish cuisine at a charming family-run restaurant.
5-6 ¡Bienvenidos a España! Walk Spain's ancient Camí de Ronda, which connects the Costa Brava's secluded coves Find your bliss amid this incredible setting of plunging cliffs and white-sand beaches Ascend to a promontory offering glorious views of the sea Admire multicolored Mediterranean and exotic flora at the Cap Roig Botanical Garden.