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The hilltop village of Bonnieux

15 minutes from our hotel in Gordes

Perched on an outcrop in the Luberon, 15 km from Gordes and the hotel, Bonnieux dominates some spectacular landscapes from its height of 425 m. From the terrace, right at the top, you will have an amazingly clear view of the valley of Calavon, with to the left the hilltop village of Lacoste, further right the villages of Gordes and Roussillon, difficult to distinguish from its red cliffs, and in the background, Mont Ventoux in all its splendour. You will also be able to appreciate the vast plains planted with vines, lavender, cereals and fruit trees.

The architecture of Bonnieux, the city of the Popes in the Luberon for roughly 500 years, bears witness to the prestige of its occupants down the centuries: church dignitaries, counts, lords... right up to the modernity of the XIX century. The village has retained all its authenticity, with its steep and sloping streets, its fountains and lavoirs, its old church (upper church), a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic.

Do not leave Bonnieux without taking a look at the Boulangerie museum. Built around an old XVII century bread oven, it preserves the memory of a multi-cultural tradition more than 8,000 years old: that of bread. From field to fork, the museum explores the steps involved in making bread, inviting you to take a tour of the raw materials, the people, the shapes and the tastes to discover the social function, the economic role, the symbolism and the values of this vital foodstuff.

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