Bonnieux is right in the heart of the so called Triangle D'Or (the Golden Triangle) of the Provence. This includes lovely villages such as Bonnieux, Gordes, Goult, Ménerbes, Oppède and Lacoste. Within this golden triangle you will find the most beautiful villas and the best view to lovely natural attractions like the Luberon, the Mont Ventoux etc.
The lovely village is one of the many historic "hill villages" in the region. Dating back to Roman times, it rests on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley.
Next to the village is a Cedar forest that began with trees imported from North Africa during the Napoleonic era. It sits opposite Mont Ventoux, other notable villages in the area include Ménerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, and Gordes.
The region has been occupied since neolithic times, with evidence scattered throughout the Luberon. Monuments dating from Roman times exist near the village including the Pont Julien built in 3 BC located only 3 miles to the north. A monastery was first built at that location in the 6th century, and walls were in place by the 10th century.
The town reached a maximum population in the mid 19th century, with 2804 people in 1841.
The Luberon has a maximum altitude of 1,256 m and an area of about 600 km². It is composed of three mountain ranges: (from west to east)
- the Little Luberon
- the Big Luberon
- the Oriental Luberon,
lying in the middle of Provence in the far south of France. The valleys north and south of them contain a number of towns and villages as well as agricultural land.
The total number of inhabitants varies greatly between winter and summer, due to a massive influx of tourists during the warm season.
It is a favourite destination for French high society and British and American visitors because of the pleasant and picturesque towns and villages, comfortable way of life, agricultural wealth, historical and cultural associations (e.g., Samuel Beckett lived in Cave Bonelly, a vineyard near to Roussillon), and hiking trails. Enjoy the Luberon.