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In the center of the center is an old fountain with a covered column that was once a well, surrounded by a tight circle of plane trees and a ring of stone benches. Off to one side of the fountain is a large old church, topped with a nice bell tower. On the other side of the fountain is the Café de la Poste, serving as a social center on Sunday mornings. The café is relatively smoke-free, with its high ceilings, and is complete with babyfoot table, old-style Wurluzer jukebox and PMU betting office.

The old village is backed by rocky cliffs, forested with pine and larch, giving it the feel of a mountain village. The Theatre de Verdure is an open-air theater, with high cliffs as the stage backdrop.

Robion was once a fortified hilltop village, further protected by the cliffs behind. Today, a walk around the back and over the top will take you along ancient cobblestone lanes and through arched gateways. The top of the ancient village is still protected by parts of the ancient defensive walls.

Commerce

There's very little commerce in the old village. Most of the shops and services are out at the main road by the traffic lights, a few minutes walk away.



History of Robion

Name

First record, 13th century Castrum Robioni

Prehistoric: Signs of neolithique occupation were found in the grottos of Jas de Juvert, Fontblanco and Boulon. ancient site of the village was at the Source of the Boulon, in the rocky hills just south of the current village.

Gallo-Roman: Gallo-Roman ruins were found at Boulon.

Medieval: The medieval village stood on the small hill at the site of the current village, fortified with two defensive walls. Ruins of the walls and the feudal castle still remain.


Tourist Office

at Cavaillon

Tel : 0490 71 32 01


Hiking

• GPS: 43.844264, 5.11468

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #3142 OT "Cavaillon, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse"

IGN Verte (1/100,000) #67 "Marseille, Carpentras"

Robion sits at left end of the Luberon mountains. Hiking south from the village, from behind the Theatre de Verdure, takes you into the Luberon, with great hiking possibilites. The GR6 and GR97 (Grande Randonnée) hiking trails run through the village.
• To the southeast, the GR trails follow along the northern edge of the Luberon, going past Maubec and Oppède-le-Vieux before turning south across the mountains.
• To the north, the GR trails cross the plains of the Coulon river valley, passing between Lagnes and Cabrières-d'Avignon and then to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Near Lagnes, the Mur de la Peste runs to the north.


Transportation Robion

Avignon - Apt - La Brillane Bus

  • Bus line 22A (Avignon - La Brillane - Digne) has two parts:
    (1) Avignon, Cavaillon, Apt, Forcalquier, La Brillanne;
    (2) La Brillanne, Chateau-Arnoux, Digne-les-Bains.
     
    On the LER-PACA webpage, click on the Lignes & horaires for a list of the bus-line schedules.
    Click on Ligne 22 : Avignon - La Brillanne - Digne-les-Bains for the PDF schedule.
     
    The complete route for part-1 is: Avignon, Caumont, Cavaillon, Robion, Coustellet, Lumières, Apt, St Martin-de-Castillon, Cereste, Reillanne, Les Granons, St Michel l'Observatoire, Mane, Forcalquier, Niozelles La Brillanne, Oraison.

Cavaillon - Bonnieux - Apt Bus 15.2

  • Vaucluse bus line 15.2 serves the towns and villages: Cavaillon, Les Taillades, Robion, Coustellet, Maubec, Oppède, Ménerbes, Les Beaumettes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Gargas, Apt.
    The trip between Cavaillon and Apt is about 1h45.
    Cavaillon has links to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
     
    See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 02: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map and schedules (link for PDF files).

Cavaillon - Bonnieux Bus

  • Vaucluse bus line 15.2 serves the towns and villages: Cavaillon, Les Taillades, Robion, Maubec, Oppède, Ménerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux. There are 3 buses a day: early morning, mid-day, evening.
    Cavaillon has links to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

Cavaillon - Gordes - Roussillon Bus 15.3

  • Vaucluse bus line 15.3 connects Cavaillon, Robion, Coustellet, Cabrières-d'Avignon, Gordes and Roussillon.
    At Coustellet, this line connects with Line 15.1 (Avignon - Apt).
    At Cavaillon, this line connects with Line 7 (Avignon - Cavaillon).
     
    See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 02: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map and schedules (link for PDF files).

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.

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