Welcome to Oppède-le-Vieux
From the car parks (€3), a wooded path leads up to the village’s snaking, atmospheric alleyways. At the very top of town, the village’s ruined castle provides a formidable vantage point over the surrounding valley – although the ruins themselves are off limits while the village raises funds for the castle’s restoration.
Several artists and ceramicists have set up their studios here, and sell their wares during the summer. Signs from the car parks also direct you to the Sentier Vigneron, a 1½-hour viticulture trail through olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards.