Bonnieux, the residence of the Popes of Avignon

Bonnieux is located in the  Comtat Venaissin, a region that once belonged to the Popes of Avignon.

Valley seen from the Hotel de Rouville in Bonnieux
Valley seen from the Hotel de Rouville

The County of Venaissin included the cities of Avignon, Carpentras, Cavaillon, Orange, Vaison la Romaine and Valreas.

Bonnieux thrived, as several bishops resided there due to its proximity to Avignon!

One of the most beautiful perched villages in Luberon

The popes chose well, as Bonnieux is considered one of the most beautiful perched villages in the Luberon Natural Regional Park.

Bonnieux or Bonne Vue – Beautiful view indeed unfolds on the hillside and boasts spectacular views of the Petit Lubéron and Vaucluse Mountains!

Medieval lane in Bonnieux
Medieval lane

The orientation table at the Belvédère viewpoint at the top of the village is the best best way to discover them.

The village’s ancient history and wealth resulted in exceptional architectural heritage.

Countless 16th, 17th and 18th centuries houses, such as the superb Hôtel de Rouville, which once housed the village hall, indeed border the narrow village lanes.

Bonnieux also boasts two churches and 18th century towers and ramparts and a Musée de la Boulangerie.

The surprising bakery museum exhibits a wide range of bread loaves or miches as they are locally called.

It also relates the history of wheat growing, milling, baking and bread-making throughout the centuries.

Pont Julien

Pont Julien near Bonnieux
Pont Julien

Back in the valley, you’ll come across a superb Roman bridge that spans the small river Calavon, along the former Via Domitia, some 5 km from Bonnieux.

The Pont Julien was built in the reign of Emperor Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD) and was listed Historical Monument in 1914.

Amazingly, it remained open to road traffic until 2005.

Department of Vaucluse
Coordinates: Lat 43.822930- Long 5.307888

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