•Vaucluse (84750) • Population: 717 • Altitude: 610 m
Viens is an interesting Medieval village on the south slopes of the Vaucluse mountains, between Apt and Forcalquier (or Manosque). Part of the original castle still extends up from the stone-walled village houses, and some of the fortified walls remain. There are many narrow streets to explore, vaulted passages and ancient sculpted doorways.
Viens is a perched, fortified village. The 13th-century chateau and the joined village houses are integrated into the 11th-century walls circling the interior houses and cobblestone streets.
There are many narrow streets to explore, with old doors and even older doorways, small squares and even an occasional little shop.
Provence villages almost always have picturesque old doors and doorway, and we often show just one example. Here in Viens, Vaucluse, after seeing four different grey wooden doors set in grey stone walls, we decided to put photos of all of them in our gallery.
Our favorite sundial in Viens was this very large one carved into the wall of a village house, and not too damaged by the small balcony that was built more recently that the sundial date of 1713.
Another sundial, on the wall of the of the 12th-century church is dated 1700.
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History of Viens
First record, 1005 Vegnis, changed to Viens in 1225.
Major Neolithic artifacts have been discovered in a half-dozen sites around Viens, as well as many Roman remains.
• GPS: 43.895520, 5.565907
There's only one café and restaurant in Viens. Fortunately it's great. However, it could be touch and go to get a table for lunch on a sunny summer day. We came a bit late, but managed a table by sharing with another couple -- a 6-person table, though, with empty space between our two ends. It did get us good conversation, though, and some excellent information about nearby towns.
My 19-euro menu (2015) was with grilled loup (bass), very fresh and whole.
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.