Less well-known than Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon or Ménerbes, for many years the quiet hill-top village of Goult really was off the tourist track. Inevitably, it’s not as ‘hidden’ as it once was, but it is still less visited than its Luberon neighbours, probably because it is not as obviously a ‘perched’ hill-top village. And yet Goult is one of the most lovely villages of the Luberon, and for us a must-see.
Goult remains a living village with a grocery store, a butcher, a cheese shop, a bakery, a hairdresser and a post office. It also boasts four restaurants, a pizzeria and the unmissable Café de la Poste – one of the most popular cafés in the region. At Lumières, a short steep walk down the hill, there are two more restaurants, a bar, a chemist, the doctor’s surgery, another grocery store and the local co-operative winery.
Many visitors don’t go much further than the terrace of the Café de la Poste but you’ll be rewarded if you take a walk round the old village. The original village was clustered round the chateau (parts of which date from 12th century but which was extensively restored in the 17th and 19th centuries) and protected by walls with gates in them.