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Joucas
Commune
Joucas by Rosier
A general view of the village of Joucas
Coat of arms of Joucas
Coat of arms
Country France
Area1 8.29 km2 (3.20 sq mi)
Population (2006) 324
 • Density 39.08/km2 (101.23/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Elevation 178–447 m (584–1,467 ft)
(avg. 263 m or 863 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Joucas (Jocàs in Occitan) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. The town is located on the perimeter of the Parc naturel régional du Luberon.

Geography

Located between two of the "most beautiful villages in France," Gordes and Roussillon, Joucas is a small hilltop village of Monts de Vaucluse. From the village you can see the surrounding plain and ochre hills of Roussillon. Like other hilltop villages in the region, the village location was selected in part due to the good views, which allowed inhabitants to see enemies approaching from far away.

Tourism

Bom dia no Mas des Herbes Blanches (27960062936)
Châteaux hotel in Joucas, Provence

Like all municipalities in the Luberon, tourism plays a role, directly or indirectly, in the local economy. There are three main types of tourism in the Luberon. First, historical and cultural tourism that relies on the rich heritage of the hilltop villages. Second, vacation tourism which has resulted in the significant development of cottages, hotels and rentals, a large concentration of pools, and activities such as the Provençal markets. Finally, green tourism that benefits from the many hiking trails and protected lands in the Luberon and surroundings. Tourism (hotels, guest houses and restaurants, including a starred Michelin) is an important part of the Joucas economy.

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