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“Exercise, view and local history”

Fort de Buoux (Citadelle du Luberon)
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Owner description: At the top of the rocky spur, the Buoux Fort served as a refuge for the population during the Middle Ages.
Bergen, Norway
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“Exercise, view and local history”
Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

A very nice little hike to the watchtower on top of the fort (hard enough on a hot summer afternoon) is rewarded with an excellent view and amazement of the lengths people went to for a secure habitat. Take the back steps carved out of the rock on your way down.

Possibly not well suited for people with vertigo. For everyone else, a good experience of the cultural heritage in the heart of the Luberon mountains.

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“Spectacular sight”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

If you are near the Luberon district of Provence, this is definitively worth going out of your way for. It is a hilltop site of many acres with stonework going back to prehistoric times, and with ruins mostly from a 16th century fort, town and church. The town of Buoux was once a strategic post on major trade routes, and this site, with a roman watchtower at its highest point, was a major defensive location. The site is very extensive, with several sets of ruined walls, a substantial church, and fortifications. It was hard to imagine a village of several hundred people living on the site because it is so inaccessible. It's a very steep, rocky climb to the top, and the top itself is still a continuing climb. The views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking--so don't go on a cloudy day or you will miss half the pleasure. The road from the parking place to the top passes some incredible rock formations that will overwhelm you with their size and splendor. The road up to the parking place passes by a stream which is on hiking paths that are al over this magnificent scenery. Even if you are not into hiking, this is a detour worth making. There are signs in the hamlet of Buoux with directions to the fort.

Visited October 2011
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