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Viens

 
Departement of Vaucluse - Luberon - Pop.: 600 h.

12 km east of Apt by the N100 (direction Forcalquier) for 4 km, then the D209 on the left.

Viens, clock tower

Surrounded by magnificent countryside and perched on a rocky outcrop for more than a millenium, Viens is an ancient village with a medieval atmosphere.

While visiting Viens, you will come across plenty of evidence of its dramatic past.

By entering the village through the Saracen door in the ramparts, you can admire the "Tour de l'Horloge" and its gate.


Viens, house


It is a pleasure to walk through the village streets where you will see beautiful residences from the 13th century and charming old houses.

Two of the most interesting include the "Maison de Monier de la de la Quarrée-Montauciel and the "Maison de Monier d'Arnaud".

Viens also boasts a Renaissance chateau, restored in the 14th century.


Viens, passageway

From the chateau surroundings there is a panoramic view from the Montée de la Pousterle to the Lure gorges.

Beautiful walks can be taken around the village where the natural environment is truely superb. Viens is situated on the border of the Alpes de Haute Provence, not far from huge fields of lavender, in the heart of Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon. It is at the far end of the "route de l'ocre", famous for the Colorado provencal" cliffs... you will love it!




What to see:

Portail and Tour de l'Horloge.
Saracen tower.
Restored chateau.
16th and 17th century Church St Hilaire.
Romane chapel St Férreol.
Communal oven, rue Notre Dame.



Leisure activities:

Tennis. swimming pool. Horse-riding. Petanque.
Guided visits around the village.
Hiking, tourist trails and mountain biking (signposted routes around the village and GR6).



Accommodation:

Hotel-restaurant.
Bed and breakfast
Gites. Holiday rentals.



Neighbouring towns and villages:

St Martin de Castillon (7km), Caseneuve (8km), Gignac (10km).







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