50 km (31 miles) north of Marseille lies picturesque Luberon Massif, 600 km2 (148,263 acres) of 1,200 meter mountains, valleys and quaint towns that are a favorite with both tourists and upper echelon French citizenry. But never mind that, because beyond the easy aesthetic appeal you'll discover a host of engaging activities that deliver a much needed dose of natural excitement away from the congestion of the country's second largest metropolis.
Throughout the park you'll encounter a wide variety of hikes, ranging in difficulty from easy strolls between towns to moderate cliff-side walks to challenging treks through 30+ meter deep canyons. Those opting for the latter two categories will want to keep their eyes open for either the two-hour Falaise de Lioux hike or the half day Regalon Gorge Trail. There's also an array of mountain biking paths available, as well as kayak/canoe rentals along the Sorgue River to keep things interesting. Top it all off with a celestial view from the public-friendly SIRENE Observatory and you've got yourself a surprisingly memorable, active day in southern France.