Gordes Breath-takingingly pretty hilltop village

The Luberon’s best known village is probably Gordes, rising majestically from the valley floor to its dominant position. It is also the most photographed village, especially the amazing view of it on the approach road. Being so beautiful, Gordes is heavily visited in summer so it’s best to go early or late, to explore its tight streets and cobbled alleys, many restaurants and cultural events.

The village is piled high in a spiral with the Renaissance chateau at its peak, and all the grand architecture is in the local honey-coloured stone.

Gordes Castle


The castle in the centre of the village is perfectly restored and marries its turbulent 11th century origins with a rebuild in the 1500s. It has a fantastic fireplace which was classed as a Historic Monument even before the castle was. Gordes Castle now houses both the town hall and a museum dedicated to the Flemish artist and Gordes resident Pol Mara.

Cellars of the Palais de St Firmin


In a fortified village like Gordes space is limited…unless you start to burrow into the hill itself. Starting in medieval times this is just what happened, under Gordes is a whole universe of cellars and caves that used to house workshops, oil mills, bread ovens, etc. Today you can visit a small section of this underground world, following years of restoration work, under the Palace of St Firmin in Gordes, over many levels linked by passageways.

Theatre des Terrasses


In August Gordes hosts various outdoor jazz and classical concerts in this amphitheatre setting which gives you the feeling of hanging in space outside the village walls, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Abbaye de Senanque


A couple of miles from Gordes is the idyllic setting of Senanque Abbey, an active abbey with a population of monks. This may well be the most photographed abbey in France because from mid-June to early August the lavender field in front of the abbey creates the most glorious photo opportunity.

Village des Bories


Just outside Gordes is the Village des Bories. A borie is a stone shepherd’s hut, built like a dry-stone igloo, with flat stones and no mortar, absolutely synonymous with the Luberon region of Provence and evocative of a time when only sheep and goats roamed these hills. Bories were used as shelter for shepherds, livestock, or tools. The Villages des Bories is an agglomeration of these constructions, whose origins are mysterious. Some think they date back 1500 years, some think less. The uncertainty of their age and purpose adds to the pleasure of a visit.

 

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Maison Saint Antoine: 43.941989, 5.068946
Gordes: 43.911315, 5.200176
Avalon: 43.903628, 5.210137
Villa Roussillon: 43.890362, 5.299208
Les Vignes: 43.840439, 5.213013
La Rourette: 43.943627, 5.247753
The Lourmarin Cottage: 43.763342, 5.364171
Maison de Gordes: 43.915482, 5.208474
Les Coudelieres: 43.933545, 4.974167
The Ansouis House: 43.737360, 5.464647
Maison de Bonnieux: 43.822572, 5.309476
St Hilaire: 43.829442, 5.256647
Villa Lioux: 43.944654, 5.286570
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