Planning Your Gordes Vacation

Planning Your Gordes Vacation

While on vacation in the south of France, be sure to visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. Built on a hilltop, Gordes offers breathtaking panoramic views of the French countryside. Sunset is particularly wonderful time to go, perhaps to enjoy an aperitif in the Luberon.

As you round the final corner leading up to Gordes, you’ll be struck by the stunning village before you. Notice the stone lined road as you approach – this “pierres” theme will continue throughout. All houses in Gordes are required to be made of stone, fences included. There are a few places to stop to take pictures en route and the view definitely warrants a photo.

In the center of the village, you’ll find the a Renaissance style castle, established in 1031 and rebuilt in 1525. Continue a few steps further and you’ll find a charming church. Be sure to go inside — the interior is a classic treasure that transports you to another time.

The best way to soak in this gem of a village is to wander the narrow cobbled streets, winding your way through. You’ll no doubt happen upon yet another spectacular view of the valley be-low. Pop in and out of shops at your leisure and enjoy a coffee at one of the many quaint cafes or a meal from a selection of good restaurants.

Tuesday is market day in Gordes. Arrive early, before 10am, to beat the rush. You’ll find the market vendors very friendly, encouraging you to taste samples. Fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, cheese, oil, cured meats, fresh baked bread… all simply delicious!

Gather up what strikes your fancy at the market to enjoy a picnic lunch and head to the Abbey de Sénanque. While the lavender in front of the Abbey is an iconic in its own right — what no one tells you is that the drive to and from the Abbey is as magnificent. I found one of the best treats of the drive to be a little designated picnic area overlooking some of the most peaceful and serene views of the Luberon region.

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