Bonnieux Travel Guide

  • Arriving at Bonnieux from Apt.
    Arriving at Bonnieux from Apt.
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  • One of the village streets.
    One of the village streets.
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  • The campanile with the village of Lacoste behind.
    The campanile with the village of...
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Bonnieux Things to Do

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    Bonnieux has been featured regularly in the "prettiest village in France" competition, although never having won it. As mentioned before Peter Mayle has set parts of his books in Bonnieux and has a house on the road to Lacoste, a stone's throw from here. With it's quaint look it is easy to see why tourists in their hundreds come come to this tiny...

  • Visit the underground oil-mill.

    Hidden away on a small place, although sign-posted is the ancient mill where the villagers used to bring their olives to be crushed for the oil. We were lucky to be there on the heritage weekend as the house and cave have been on sale for years. It has recently been bought and work has commenced on the renovation, but there is still a lot to do. It...

  • A walk in town.

    Down from the church is a steep and slippery stairway (This is why they stopped bringing the coffins up here) which takes you down to a belvedere where there is a great view across the plain to Lacoste. This is the village and castle that Pierre Cardin owns. When someone in the village dies off, he immediately buys the land or house and renovates...

  • Into the church.

    Built in a mixed style, notably Roman in the 12th c and Gothic in the 14th and 15th c, the church of St Sauveur sits at 429 metres high. Disaffected at the end of the 19th c because it was becoming so hard to carry the coffins up to the cemetery, that it was said that the "Dead were burying the living" and the new church (1870) was built at the...

  • Up to the top.

    Arriving from Apt on the winding roads you get a good view of the village on its medieval side. As you reach the village you can either take the left fork and go down through Bonnieux to the bottom, but it is some climb back up. We reasonably took the right fork which led to a large parking lot and saves a hell of a lot of climbing. After a short...

  • Getting out and enjoying a fun village

    This village is small, and was built on the side of a steep, rocky hill. Not being a touristy village makes it more fun as you discover the shops and walk to the next level of structures.Eventually you will take the stairs to the top of the hill and have a terrific vantage point looking over what feels like all of Provence. This is not...

  • Just wander through the streets

    We found a little restaurant open and enjoyed a bottle of wine and just soaked in the ambiance. I believe the Tour de France comes through here. We were told that the next day they were expected...

  • Bonnieux - top of the hill

    Through the narrow streets and up the stairs and in the end we reach the top of Bonnieux. There was a great view of the surrounding countryside from the small park. People were playing with dogs, happy families...You could see all the way to Lacoste on another hill (where Marquis de Sade lived for a while - they are restoring the castle, their...

  • Bonnieux cats

    We saw cats all around the town. They were everywhere! Some were sunning themselves, some were lying in the shade, some where wandering around just like us. And some where observing us from their place in the window...


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  • Le Clos du Buis

    Rue Victor Hugo, Bonnieux, 84480, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Domaine de Capelongue

    La Bastide de Capelongue was a highlight in my many visitis to Provence. Just on the edge of the...

  • Auberge de l'Aiguebrun

    route départementale 943, Domaine de la Tour, Bonnieux, 84480, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Bonnieux Restaurants


    After a day-long journey from Philadelphia to Bonnieux, this was a great place for my first dinner in Provence! The desserts(especially the chocolate torte) were incredible. A great local place.. The molten gateau chocolate was delectable! Perfectly cooked and just rich enough without being overly intense.

  • Great Rustic Food

    As you enter Bonnieux, you'll find this rustic little restaurant, in a square with an old fountain. The restaurant is built into an old cave. It's very romantic, and very Provencial. The dishes are of course, simple, and fresh. I discoverd the best mustard in the world here, moutarde de mieux, a whole grain mustard that you could eat by itself....

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Bonnieux Off The Beaten Path

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    Pont Julien

    by bluesmama Written May 24, 2004

    North of Bonnieux not very far away is Pont Julien - an old bridge from the Roman empire.
    It is impressive that cars actually still drive on it - although it is too narrow for two cars to pass each other.
    It looked as though they were building a new bridge next to it when I was there.
    Apparently it is a popular place for the locals to bring a weekend picnic lunch.

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