BONNIEUX is like many other magnificent villages in the Luberon region, it is built on a plateau dominating the valley giving visitors incredible views over the Monts de Vaucluse and the nearby villages of Gordes and Roussillon. The church tower of Bonnieux and the stately old cedar trees can be seen well before you start climbing up the hill into the village.
Some splendid residences date back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century reminding us that Bonnieux was once a wealthy village when this region, the Comtat Venaissin, belonged to the Popes in Avignon.
Bonnieux has some excellent cafés and restaurants, complete with charming terraces for summer lunches and many pretty boutiques and antique shops. The weekly market and a stroll through the windy little streets to discover hidden archways and amazing architecture is a must.
LACOSTE is famous for its château belonging to the Marquis de Sade and now belonging to M. Pierre Cardin, the famous stylist designer. In 1771 the Marquis fled from Paris to escape the scandals caused by his erotic writing and outlandish behavior far too shocking for the era.
Lacoste is also well known for its music festival in July.
The village has charming narrow streets, paved in "calade" stone and as you stroll through it you will come across many beautiful old stone houses that are gradually being restored.
Most are made from ochre, limestone and amateur geologists and history lovers will find it difficult to leave this charming place. Views from the local café over the valley towards Bonnieux are worth the halt.