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• Vaucluse (84750)   • Population: 717  • Altitude: 610 m

Gallery of 22 photos for Viens

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.

A vaulted entry portal into the 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.

Old wooden door in a stone 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.

Viens Sundials

An octagonal 1713 engraved sundial in 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.

Viens Railway Station

The Viens village railway station, from In the 19th century an east-west railway line was built from Cavaillon, via Apt to Saint-Maime - Volx, near Forcalquier, to join up with the Paris Lyon - Grenoble - Marseille line.

There are no remains of the railway remaining in Viens - except for this ancient postcard image,

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

The GR6 hiking trail passes through Viens, as well as nearby Rustrel where we've described it more fully.

The GR911 (Grande Randonnée) also passes through Viens, going southwest past St Martin-de-Castillon and Saignon, near Apt.


Grilled fresh sea bass at the 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.

Transportation Viens

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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