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Gordes

January's Instagram favourite

Unavoidable and inimitable, the village of Gordes has received the Plus Beaux Villages de France® label – quite rightly: its natural beauty is supported by its listed monuments and the wealth of its historical heritage… The top for a weekend off-season.
Full of surprises and nooks and crannies, discovery and paths: off we go on a visit in stages, from its little streets to the top of the village, and lastly the surrounding area!

Start with the little streets of Gordes

Presence and delicacy… a charming unforgettable village in the Vaucluse

It overlooks the Calavon Valley in the Luberon, almost as if it was suspended in time, perched high on a rocky outcrop of the Monts de Vaucluse it almost seems to brush against the sky… Gordes belongs to the prestigious listing of the Plus Beaux Villages de France and charms all its visitors even from a distance. When you get to the foot of the village, you can wander through its little interwoven streets and climb up to the top. As you walk, the cobbled streets guide you between high buildings and trees and there you have the star of the show… After a browse around the shops and restaurants, visit the château which is a listed Historical Monument and L’église Saint Firmin whose bell-tower was once used as a watch tower to keep a close eye on the plain below. The two buildings stand tall as the great protectors of the town!
The fairy-tale atmosphere when Gordes is clothed in its cloak of snow is an absolute must: an awesome postcard effect for amateur photographers and influencers, this will not have escaped the notice of instagrammers this month. We really advise coming out of season.

Continue in history, culture and out-of-the-ordinary mode!

A stone-built village or a prestigious edifice?

If Gordes is so popular, it’s also due to its architectural, historical and cultural heritage! Of course you have the village des Bories nestled on one of the slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse which you get to along paths lined with dry-stone walls setting the tone of the visit. These are the dry-stone huts which made this village so specific. There are a lot of these unusual huts and they are all unique and remarkable both for their architecture and their historical strength. Each building had its own function and a specific role, from the barn to the stables and the agricultural storehouse. The layout has even made it possible to reveal a certain social and economic organisation. A leap back in time which is continued to the north when you contemplate and meditate on the famous Abbaye de Sénanque . Renowned for its fields of lavender as far as the eye can see, you will also be surprised by the beauty of its Romanesque style: purity and sobriety have inhabited this abbey which has formed with its two sisters the famous Cistercian sisters of Provence, since the 12th century.

Complete your stay with a natural atmosphere in the heart of the Luberon

Exploring lands with a variety of influences

Gordes is one of the 77 communes attached to the Luberon Natural Regional Park. An area of more than 185,000 hectares which unfolds among vineyards and hills, valleys and mountains, prairies and woodland… A mosaic of distinct environments which are nevertheless complementary and give access to a number of contemplative and athletic discoveries during your hikes and observations of wildlife. From Gordes, the worthy representative of the authentic towns and villages of the Luberon, this protected area opens via different trails. In particular, the Natura 2000 site “Rochers et combes des Monts de Vaucluse” located between Gordes and Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, and where you can discover three dales, a variety of plant habitats and a large number of animal species: a delight for families and adventurers!