Test the Gourmet Hike!

You like to hike and have a weakness for authentically good restaurants? This activity, known as Randos Bistrot, is for you. And until November, treat yourself to a unique walk in Haute-Provence and in the Luberon region.
By Caroline Taret

The Randos Bistrot concept is appealing and, like a good meal, takes place in three stages: the first stage is a hike with a guide, followed by a meeting with a farmer, and lastly a meal in a local bistro. In all, a perfect fall day. The experience exemplifies these new ways of traveling locally, a bit like the Greeters who in a number of cities and regions of France invite you to discover the unusual and the authentic. You can choose a hike of between 3 and 6 kilometers, or for the bravest, one between 11 and 18 kilometers: don’t forget to pack the necessary material for these day-long adventures: good shoes and a camera! Other types of outings are also on offer from the Randos Bistrot organization, notably on bikes or horseback. As for the cost, it’s between 28 and 65 Euros per person for these discovery days, with an attractive children’s rate as the concept targets families. All you have to do is choose between 15 different itineraries, each more inspiring and rewarding than the last, to discover Haute-Provence and the Luberon.

Among our favorites, a visit to Goult in the Luberon to discover artisanal cheese-making with the farmer François Grégoire and at the table L’Imprévu, a local bistro run by Sylvie (November 10). Just next door, in Oppède-Le-Vieux, the olive oil producer Mr Mathieu will unveil all his expertise around olive oil without forgetting to bring up the renowned “scourtins,” following lunch at the Café des Poulivets (November 24). And lastly in Lardiers, a few kilometers from the village of Banon, you will have the privilege of meeting Serge Vidal, the passionate and fascinating beekeeper who will answer all the questions you could possibly ask yourself about bees and the making of the honey that you will have tasted at lunch at the Café de la Lavande (November 3). From nature to the plate, there’s only a step.

Les Randos Bistrot
To discover the bistros of Provence www.bistrotdepays.com
An initiative supported by L'OCCITANE en Provence
The Provence Bistrots de Pays
The Provence Bistrots de Pays
Hike and eat
Photography FNBP/ M. Boutin

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