•Vaucluse (84600) • Population: 1,700 • Altitude: 176 m
A fortified Medieval village, perched on a very small hill amidst flat farmlands and vineyards.
Grillon is a small village, with the 12th-century ramparts and walls nicely restored without losing the Medieval flavor. The narrow streets on the hill of the old village are interesting, with a particularly nice tripple-arched vaulted section.
The town's mediatheque library impressed us, with the high glass windows bringing in necessary light, but blended nicely with the ancient stone walls.
The main square of the village is shaded with the typical plane trees (platanes). The village fountain here is also fairly plain, but with a nice lion-head spigot.
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History of Grillon
First record, 1136 De Grillon
Medieval: Shared rule until the 13th century, then a fief of the Montauban, and in 1294 of Adhémar de Lombers. In 1562, during the Wars of Religion, the Baron des Adrets captured Grillon and held it for a year.
18th-century: the people of Grillon made gunpowder in the rocky caves carved out beneath the village.
19th-century: bricks were manufactured; vineyards were cultivated and mulberry trees were grown for the silkworm industry (there was a silk-spinning factory in nearby Grignon).
Grillon is on a cycling route for the region, with several bicycle trails passing through the villages of the Enclave des Papes and surrounding area.
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Grillon seems to have a single restaurant, La Truffe Noire, on the main square. The adjacent café-bar-brasserie is also La Truffe Noire (The Black Truffle), which we found completely satisfactory on a cold Winter's day.
Department 84, Vaucluse Buses
- See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 2: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map [Plan global des lignes] and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
• Avignon has train or bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nîmes, Saint Remy-de-Provence, Paris.
• Cavaillon has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Saint Remy-de-Provence.
• Pertuis has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.