Lauris, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Puget, Menerbes, Oppede, Maubec, Robion, Taillades, Cheval-Blanc, Cavaillon, Merindol
Long Distance Mountain Bike Trail, Stage 9 – From Lauris to Mérindol
Min. 97 meters
Max. 708 meters
The tourist service at Lauris :The route leads riders through the rocky southern slopes of the Petit Luberon then rises abruptly continuing to the majestic viewpoint at Le Portalas, and the mysterious Cedar Forest. This is the last section of the GT VTT (long distance mountain bike trail) and, in typical Provence fashion, finishes with a riot of fragrant scrub, rocky hollows and challenging trails.
From Maubec, you’ll quickly reach the medieval villages of Robion, along delightful single track paths, then Les Taillades, cycling alongside the mythical Carpentras Canal. From here, you’ll follow some pretty, windy trails, up the western slope and then the southern side of the Petit Luberon, through a mosaic of spectacular hilltops and deep valleys. A little further up, you’ll reach a succession of limestone plateaux: Le Trou du Rat, Les Mayorques and Saint-Phalez. This scrubland, shaped by man since the Neolithic Period, is characterised by lush valleys and a remarkable variety of wildlife, with exceptional birds, particularly, birds of prey. A final climb and then it’s time for a last dramatic descent along a pretty path, down to the old village of Mérindol, symbol of the persecution of the Waldensians in the Luberon.
View the Vaucluse bus timetable
recommended parking (s)
- Ascent of the south face of the Petit Luberon (690 m)
- Stunning views of the Durance Valley, the Crau and the Alpilles.
- Cedar Forest and Century-old Trees
- Path along the bottom of a valley
- Discover the villages of Oppède le Vieux, Maubec, Robion, and Mérindol.
Before departure, make sure to consult the Prevention of fire risks in Vaucluse website, to respect the massif closures. (T. +33 (0)184.108.40.206.11)
This itinerary is best suited to autumn and spring