View of Goult from top of the village

A taste of village life in Goult

Nestled in the heart of the Luberon region lies the charming village of Goult. Located just a few miles from our hometown of Apt and northeast of Roussillon and Gordes, Goult is surrounded by scenic countryside and quaint villages.

With a population of just 500, Goult has managed to retain its intimate feel while still offering visitors a delightful taste of Provençal village life. The village is overlooked by two hills, one crowned with the remains of a medieval castle and the other with a 15th century windmill that has been fully restored. Meandering cobbled lanes lead past beautifully restored village houses with Renaissance facades and fragrant gardens.

At the heart of the village lies the market square, home to a dozen plane trees that provide shade on hot summer days. On Thursdays, la place du marché comes alive as villagers and tourists alike browse the stalls of the weekly market. Though not large, the market offers fresh local produce, regional specialities like goat's cheese, wine and truffles, as well as Provençal fabrics and other handmade crafts. My family and I love coming here on market day - it's always lively and fun to sit at one of the cafes surrounding the square, sipping coffee and watching the world go by.

After shopping at the market, visitors can stop for a hot or cold drink at one of the cafés under the trees. Sitting there with a chilled glass of rosé and watching Provençal life unfold is one of the simple pleasures of a visit to Goult. The square is also home to an excellent butcher, boulangerie and small épicerie.

Those with a taste for brocantes will want to pop into the antique shop just off the main square. Run by a friendly British expat, it's full of charming vintage wares. Jewellery enthusiasts should also pay a visit to the boutique next door, which sells unique pieces handcrafted by local artisans.

While Goult is a small village, it boasts a handful of excellent dining options. One of our favourites is Le Carillon, located right on the charming market square. Snagging a table on their terrace is perfect for soaking up the bustling atmosphere on market days. We also love La Bartavelle, tucked away on a quiet side street, for a fine dining meal. Food lovers should also be sure to stop by the fromagerie on Rue de la République to pick up local cheeses.

A short stroll up the hill leads to the imposing ruins of the 11th century Château de Goult. Once an impressive medieval fortress, the castle was partly demolished in 1660 but still retains its striking watchtowers and the remnants of its outer walls. The views from the château over the surrounding valleys are breath-taking.

Continuing past the castle is the 16th century Moulin de Goult - one of the village’s most iconic landmarks. This beautifully restored windmill overlooks the valley of the Calavon river. The mechanisms inside, once used for grinding flour, are still intact. Climbing the multiple floors rewards you with a panoramic lookout.

Whether you come for a quick daytrip or an extended stay, it’s easy to see why so many English visitors fall in love with Goult. The village exudes warmth and charm around every corner. Wandering the cobbled lanes, chatting with locals, and soaking up the slow pace of life in Provence is a great experience. Goult has managed to retain its authenticity while welcoming guests into the fold - a rare balance to find. I always look forward to my next visit, strolling the streets on a Thursday and sitting in the square watching the world go by.

Sitting on a bench in Goult

Beautiful tomatoes at the Epicerie in Goult

Sipping a pastis at Café de la Poste in Goult

Beautiful village house in Goult

Side view of Chateau de Goult

Market day in Goult

Beautiful arch in the village of Goult

Café de la Poste on market day in Goult

La Bartavelle restaurant in Goult

Market square in Goult

Le moulin in Goult

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