Discover Oppède le Vieux, one of the perched villages of Luberon and starting point for amazing hiking trails. Photos, history and tourism in this emblematic place of Provence.
Oppede is one of the most authentic and preserved villages of the Luberon. Built on a rocky spur, in a rugged setting of forests, combes and rocks, it contemplates a landscape of vineyards, olive trees, oaks and always keeps an eye on the villages perched around...
The mineral gem is located on the northern flank of the Luberon and its old village is a perfect balance between ancient mansions, nature and light, a place between mysteries and history. A timeless village. From their overlooking position, the castle and collegiate church take you to a journey in the Middle Ages.
A very preserved village, only accessible from the compulsory parking lot of the Jardins de Sainte-Cécile. In these gardens you will find 80 species of trees, shrubs and plants of the Luberon. After walking through the streets of the old village, you will discover a spectacular ensemble: the Collégiale Notre Dame Dalidon and the ruins of the castle.
At the foot of the old village, from the main square, do not hesitate to stroll towards the terraces Sainte-Cécile and the threshing area. You will have a very nice view of the village. Last, go down to the hamlet of Les Poulivets and enjoy the shade of plane trees on the square and the services of the new village of Oppède.
The new Oppede takes you to the 20th century when all the inhabitants descended to the plain, more accessible and fertile lands, where they created the hamlet of Les Poulivets. They transferred the town hall, the church, the post office and the school. A welcoming place bordered by plane trees, cafes, restaurants and small squares...
Did you know? The Fortress of Oppede le Vieux
Of this impressive 13th century fortress, there are only few ruins left, but still spectacular!
Walls, arches, vaulted rooms and windows allow us to imagine the past grandeur of this site. The castle belonged to the Maynier d'Oppède. In 1545, Jean Maynier d'Oppède, President of the Parliament of Aix, enforced a royal decree and organized the massacre of 3000 Waldenses in Cabrières d'Avignon and Mérindol ...
Discover also the Olive Oil Museum of La Royère in Oppède
Located on the Domaine La Royère olive and wine growing estate, this museum offers you the opportunity to learn all about olives and olive oil, one of the key products of our region.
During the educational tour of this brand new museum, you will discover the different varieties of olive trees, where they are grown, and how olive oil has been produced over the centuries until today...
At the bend in the road you will discover Olivia Trégaux's pottery and animal sculpture workshop.
Passionate about nature, especially wildlife, she has devoted herself to animal sculpture for 30 years. As an ambassador of the beauty of life, she creates her animal sculptures in this spirit, which she works on realistically but also sometimes in a whimsical way.
All her stoneware creations are unique pieces.
The fully restored Romanesque collegiate church, probably dating from the 10th or 11th century, is situated on a rocky promontory in Oppède-Le-Vieux. It offers a wonderful panoramic view.
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.
The winemaker trail crosses a landscape shaped by farmers at the foot of the Luberon massif. Olive trees, cherry trees, vines and terraces structure this superb Provencal landscape.
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