Hiking in the Luberon is a unique experience that offers many pleasures: an immersion in the heart of nature, discovering the varied landscapes of the Luberon, oak forests and steep cliffs. You can also admire the panoramic views of the Monts de Vaucluse.
Whether on foot or by bike, the natural environment of Oppède offers great possibilities for walking.
Several signposted paths, with explanatory and thematic panels, allow you to discover the Oppède countryside.
The botanical path
On the Sainte Cécile terraces located between the car park of Oppède le Vieux and the village, this botanical path is a "poetic" interlude for the visitors before leaving to meet our heritage site and its old stones. You will meander between local or Mediterranean species, to discover or rediscover endemic species: cherry tree, hackberry tree, almond tree, arbutus tree or dogwood. You will revise or improve your knowledge of botany: what is the Wig Tree or the Judas Tree, the difference between Coronilla, Santolinia and Valerian?
Finally you will reach the threshing floor of Sainte Cécile where the view of the village is so beautiful and photogenic, the castle and the church dominate the ruins of the old village which stretch out above the houses, along the ramparts.
The Olive Trail
This new trail will allow you to walk along the restanques covered with olive trees in the commune of Oppède. The pride of Provence, the olive tree will be presented to you in order to better understand the ancestral culture of the olive, its varieties, its mills and its productions.
Duration of the walk : 30 mn
Distance : 2,2 km
Level : easy
Marking : light green
The Ribas trail
The Ribas trail will take you out of Vieil Oppède and along the Luberon massif towards the east, passing by the renowned rock-climbing site of Brécugne, then heading towards the back of the Oppède quarries. This is a walk mainly under cover in the woods and in the shade of the local vegetation.
Duration of the walk : 2h30
Distance : 5,5 km
Signposting: lavender blue
The path of water, fountains and washhouses
Water has always been a major component in our daily life. In Oppède, as in other villages, we can admire the efforts of men to facilitate its use and to bring it closer to their habitat. The walk through the Oppède countryside that we propose will allow you to see the heritage linked to the use of water: fountains, wash houses, windmills. Numerous water mines - galleries dug and built in the hills - channelled the run-off water to the houses, the washhouses or the fields.
Duration of the walk: 2h30
The stone path
(link between Les Poulivets and Old Oppède)
If you choose to park for free in the hamlet of Les Poulivets, which is now the centre of the village of Oppède with the town hall, the school, the church, the Jardin de Madame hall and the main shops, we offer you the possibility of joining Oppède le Vieux by a gentle and quiet path, taking the byways lined with dry stone walls: the Rigouaou path, then the Gellis path.
Duration of the walk: 30 min
Distance: 2 km
The wine trail
Oppède is located in the heart of the Luberon wine region which is renowned for its quality wines, and Oppède is no exception. Luberon wines are often described as rich and fruity, with a balanced acidity that gives them great complexity.
This 5 kilometre itinerary will allow you to learn a little more about the cultivation of the vine, the grape varieties and the wines of the Luberon.
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