Bonnieux to Lacoste - A Circular Hike


We often talk short day hikes when we're in rural France and have walked quite a bit around Bonnieux. This time we opted for a fairly short (7km) circular hike from Bonnieux to the nearby hill town of Lacoste, mainly known for the Marque de Sade's chateau which is being restored by Pierre Cardin the fashion designer. It made a wonderful day out and you can find a detailed descriptions of the route here.
This is a varied walk through woodlands, valley, vineyards and farmlands  leading to up to Lacoste. The views of Lacoste...

and Bonnieux were spectacular.
As you can see the spring greenery was dazzling. After all the rain we'd had in Paris it was such a relief to see and enjoy some sun. Some parts of the walk were very well marked - as you can see from the signposts above. However, we did get a little lost but because you could see the towns in the distance it wasn't too hard  to reorient ourselves.
There were some interesting sites along the way including this traditional stone structure, we presumed it was originally used for food storage.


It was wonderful to skirt the vineyards as the vines came into bud. It felt like everything was coming alive.
The route varied enormously, at some points we walked on small tracks, at others we walked on small roads.


After open countryside there was a beautiful shaded path as we climbed up to Lacoste.
It's a very picturesque town and many of the buildings are owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design which offers eight week terms in painting drawing, printmaking and photography.
After a quick stroll around town we stopped for a drink and admired the view of the valley at the Bar Restaurant de France.
The stroll back to Bonnieux took us along the road and then cut in through smaller farm tracks across the countryside, past farmhouses and vacation homes. It's a delightful route and highly recommended.



Comments

Thank you so much for your photos and the instructions for the walk. We did this walk a few weeks ago (September) based on your directions and it was outstanding! The grapes were ready for harvesting and walking through those vineyards was divine. Again, many thanks to you! Best, Anne Marie and Mark (NYC)

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