Joucas photo joucas078.jpg (6 k) This lovely, light little perched village is the opposite of touristique yet welcoming to tourists. If you come here from the thronged tourist sites, you'll welcome the calm beauty of Joucas, with refurbished buildings (of natural stone of course), and tiny step-streets that climb up through the village to the top.

location map for Joucas area map
Dept: Vaucluse (84)

Nearby: | Apt 15 km | Avignon 41 km | Carpentras 30 km | Gordes 6 km | Luberon Mountains | Murs 5 km | Roussillon 4 km | Senanque Abbey 12 km | Vaucluse Plateau | Venasque 20 km |

Joucas does have the amenities, however, in spite of its small size and relaxed atmosphere. There's a combined hotel (Logis de France), restaurant and terrace café in the village, and an "Alimentation" for your groceries. You can even buy a "Joucas - Provence" teeshirt here. Outside of the village there are some very nice hotels and restaurants, dispersed individually among the trees.

On the plain below the village, with a lovely view up at the ancient buildings, is a nice park, playground and tennis court. The view from the village is out to the south, past the playground, to fields and vineyards and the far-off Luberon mountains.

An interesting thing in the village is the ancient olive-oil mill, now used as a museum to display the old milling implements.

History

Name

First record, 1071 Jocadae; Jocadium

Gallo-Roman: vestiges remain at the quarter Notre-Dame.

Medieval: Joucas was part of the fief of Agoult during the 11th and 12th centuries, and then ruled by the Knights Hospitalers of Saint John. The village was deserted during the 14th and 15th centuries. Reinhabited in the 16th, it changed hands several times during the Wars of Religion.

Dates

Fête: last Sunday August
Foire: 29 Aug; 26 Dec.

Transportation Joucas

Bus

Hiking

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #3141 est "St-Saturnin-lès-Apt"

Didier Richard (1/50,000) #27 "Ventoux"

• A short loop hike onto the flank of the Plateau de Vaucluse goes west and southwest out of the village. Some variations of the marked trails will take you to the village of Murs and other places on the plateau.
• The local trail southwest from Joucas joins the GR97-6 (Grande Randonnée), which passes Gordes to the west or Roussillon to the east.

Lodging - Hotels