Every visitor to the Vaucluse department of Provence must make time to visit this raw, rugged, breathtaking jewel of the Luberon. Frozen in time, Oppède-le-Vieux enchants its visitors with its majestic position clinging to the side of the Luberon. Even the walk up from the parking lot into the village is like walking through a botanical garden, with the flora and cypress trees beckoning one to come discover this enchanting place.
Dating back to the 12th century, Oppède-le-Vieux charms its visitors with its architecture. From the center of the village, it is just a short, steep hike up a cobblestone path to reach the ruins on top, where there is a spectacular panorama of the Luberon Valley.
Afterward, visitors can enjoy lunch or a refreshing beverage in the center square at le Petit Café, which is a Mediterranean restaurant serving quite tasty fare. This is a lively little spot to watch the comings and goings of the village, while the owner’s dog mingles with the guests or lounges on a spool in the midst of all the shenanigans.
For a truly enchanting experience, though, go in the evening for dinner when the village of Oppède is all lit up against the cliff. This is the time when the tourists have moved on and the locals have arrived for a delicious meal in a dreamy environment. Finish the evening with an after dinner stroll through the illuminated streets for a memorable evening under the Provençal sky.