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Gordes, The Luberon

Perched in the heart of the Vaucluse mountains, the Provencal village of Gordes is celebrated as one of the most beautiful in France. The village's charm captivates visitors instantly,with its pastel hues. Gordes offers impeccable views of the Luberon forests, really epitomising the allure of Provence. Its narrow, winding streets, historic architecture and views combine to make Gordes a quintessential destination for those seeking the authentic beauty and serenity of the French countryside.

What makes the village of Gordes special?

This picturesque village, renowned for its stunning stone houses and winding cobblestone streets, invites you to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Luberon. The village is an old settlement, whose houses, barns and dry stone walls have stood the test of time. A walk in the cobbled streets allows you to discover ancient doors, vaults, a sundial, fountains and flat stone walls, while enjoying a panorama of incredible beauty. In the center of Gordes stands the imposing 10th century fortress castle, which was renovated during the Renaissance. It houses the town hall and hosts a large number of exhibitions, especially in the summer. Don't miss the Saint-Firmin church, built in the 18th century on the site of a medieval church. And don't forget to visit the cellars of the Palais Saint-Firmin, a semi-troglodyte site listed as a historical monument. This place will truly transport you to the Middle Ages.

Gordes is a true blend of rustic elegance. Want to savour the local flavours? Our local experts recommend a visit to the weekly market, where you can savour the finest Provençal produce and artisanal crafts. With the views of the Luberon Valley and exceptional dining options, Gordes promises an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Provencal luxury. The wines of the Côtes du Ventoux are always a great discovery. A Wine and Olive Oil Festival, at the beginning of August, is the ideal time to discover local products, while enjoying many activities.

Bucolic walks and many mountain bike trails are accessible from the village. There are well marked trails through the forests and hills that surround Gordes. One of the best remains the eight kilometer loop in the valley below Gordes, where the Abbey of Sénanque is hidden.

On foot or by car, this 12th century Cistercian monastery is a high place of spirituality not to be missed under any circumstances. Just four kilometers from the village, it is still active and can be visited. The monks offer for sale the products of the hive, the liqueurs and the products derived from the lavender in their care. And if you find yourself in the area between June 20 and July 10, you will have the chance to admire the lavender fields in bloom.


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