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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Rue Victor Hugo, Bonnieux, 84480, France
Good for: Business
La Bastide de Capelongue was a highlight in my many visitis to Provence. Just on the edge of the...more
route dÃ©partementale 943, Domaine de la Tour, Bonnieux, 84480, France
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
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.more
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....more
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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.