Need to Know
The Natura 2000 "Massif du Petit Luberon" site is a special protection zone (ZPS), i.e. a regulatory zone defined by ministerial decree, aimed at the conservation of wild birds. Reaching an altitude of 720 m, the Petit Luberon massif is a natural barrier demarcating Haute and Basse-Provence. In its vast rock walls nest some of the most endangered large raptors in Europe: the Bonelli Eagle and the Egyptian Vulture. These birds find food in the varied open environments of the region: pastoral fields, scrubland, forests, canyons and rocky cirques halfway between sea and mountains.
In the heart of the old village of Robion and its green theatre at the foot of the massif, you'll rejoin the trail markings for the Grande Traversée de Vaucluse
. Via playful singletracks and the Taillades, you reach the banks of the Carpentras Canal. From here, along beautiful winding tracks, you progress on the western flank, then south of the Petit Luberon along a mosaic of humps and deep combes. A little higher, you'll reach the Rat Hole, the Mayorques and Saint-Phalez. These scrublands have been shaped by humans since the Neolithic. They are interspersed with valleys of exuberant vegetation, of great ecological richness and home to an avifauna rich in exceptional raptors. A final climb and following descent on a beautiful trail plunges you down to old Mérindol and the dramatic ending to the epic Grande Traversée de Vaucluse
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