This little village is a wonderful stopping-off place to visit. The town is small and quaint, but by no means a place to spend the entire day. It is what I call, a sleepy little town.
When you arrive, there is a small parking lot just at the base of the village. Be prepared to walk up steep inclines since the town is located on a hill. Most of the streets are narrow and there are some areas where cars are not allowed, which is always nice. The tiny boulangerie is located on the main street and makes the most excellent baguettes. The main street is also host to the Marie and a very nice hotel. There are a few restaurants and bars for the hungry and thirsty traveler. You’ll be saying “thank goodness for food and drink” especially after walking up those steep, tiny streets! The hike is guaranteed to increase your appetite.
Once you have toured around and gazed at all the lovely village homes, be sure to go to the highest point of town. The view from the top of the village is spectacular. It is completely surrounded by vineyards. You also have a wonderful view of the medieval village of Castellet, another hilltop town, just across the way.
In the winter the village can be very cold, especially if the mistrals are blowing, since it is located on a hill so dress warmly. Also, it will be very quiet in the winter and not much will be open, but you will have all the streets and view mostly to yourself so that can be a plus.
In the spring and summer is when the town becomes more alive with the restaurants open in the evening and the locals hanging out. The view from the top at that time will show the surrounding vineyards in all their full glory and it is such a wonderful site to see. Picture postcard is what I like to call it.
My family has been to this village about three or four times since moving to France. The view never gets old and it’s nice to see how it changes with the seasons. I could stay and gaze at that view forever.
It’s one of the great joys of living in Provence!
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