Visit Gordes (Provence, France)
Gordes is a beautiful traditional Provencal 'village on a rock' with narrow cobbled streets that wind ever higher through the tall, ancient houses to the church and castle at the top, with views across the Luberon mountains and region. It is often said to be the most photogenic of the Provencal villages - no mean accolade, given the competition. And it is the most visited of all the villages in the region.
An important part of the attraction of Gordes is the view of the village when it is seen from across the valley. From here you can appreciate the whole village running in terraces down the slope of the hill, with carefully planted Italian Poplar trees and plants breaking the whiteness of the village. This (on a sunny day) is one of the great views of France!
The village itself, while very attractive, almost fails to live up to the high expectations that this view has prepared you for. But it is still highly recommended!
The highlight of Gordes is...Gordes itself. It is a simply lovely, traditional Provencal hilltop village, and has a myriad of narrow and cobbled streets that wind their way ever upwards to the church, castle and fine views that await you at the top.
Many of the houses, in the white stone of the region, are now pristinely restored, with fine period doorways and windows, and interspersed with luxury shops and restaurants (especially around the village square).
The castle, the most important historical monument in the village and also now lovingly restored, was rebuilt in 1525. As well as some fine features, including a grand renaissance staircase and ornate fireplace, it also houses a museum of art exhibits - a trend set by artist owner Victor Vaserely who rented the castle for a long period during the 20th century.
As with all of these stunningly attractive Provencal perched villages, visiting Gordes outside high season is preferable.
Abbaye de Sénanque is a beautiful 12th century abbey in the valley near Gordes (and still has resident monks). Squeezed between lavender fields and hills, with simple architectural lines, this is to me a 'perfect' abbey. After following the road the few kilometres from Gordes to the abbey, be sure to find time to carry on a few more kilometres along the same road - it is one of the most scenic roads in the region, as it winds its way through the craggy hills of the petit Luberon.
Village of the Bories. Sitting on the edge of the Vaucluse mountains, the bories are ancient stone dwellings, dating back up to 3000 years. The Village of the Bories is now classified as a National Monument, and is a fine example of such a village, with numerous buildings, sheep-pens, bread ovens etc to explore.
See also our Luberon travel guide for lots more scenic villages close to Gordes.
Photos of Gordes
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Tourist classifications for Gordes
Gordes is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Gordes, Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, 84220 || GPS: latitude 43.911, longitude 5.201
Map of Gordes & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Gordes, France
- Abbaye de Sénanque (Gordes) - religious monument
- Roussillon - most beautiful village (7km)
- Menerbes - most beautiful village (9km)
- Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges (Sorgues) - religious monument (9km)
- Venasque - most beautiful village (10km)
- Jardin de la Louve - remarkable garden (13km)
- Jarditrain - remarkable garden (13km)
- Pernes-les-Fontaines - recommended detour (15km)
- Apt - recommended detour (16km)
- Gorges de Régalon - site of natural beauty (17km)
Market days in Gordes: Regular market(s) are held in Gordes each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Gordes (Francais)