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The hill town of Gordes France




The hilltop village of Gordes in Provence, France, is a stunning example of a traditional Provencal village. Located on a rocky outcrop, Gordes is surrounded by vineyards and stunning views of the Luberon Valley.

The history of Gordes dates back to the Neolithic period, as evidenced by the numerous archaeological sites in the area. It is believed that the village was originally founded by the Gauls, and that it was later fortified by the Celts. Gordes was officially recognized as a commune in the 12th century, when it was granted a charter by the Count of Provence.

Gordes is best known for its rich architectural heritage and stunning views. One of the most iconic sights in Gordes is the 12th century Castle of Gordes, which is perched atop a rocky outcrop. Other architectural highlights include the Renaissance-style Church of St-Firmin, the 16th century Citadel, and the 17th century Baroque-style Church of St-Lazare.

In addition to its architectural attractions, Gordes is also home to some of the best restaurants in Provence. The village is renowned for its olive oil, goat cheese, and traditional Provencal dishes, as well as its high-end wines and spirits. The village also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and hot air ballooning.

Overall, Gordes is a beautiful village with a rich history and plenty of attractions to explore. Whether you are looking for stunning views, delicious food, or outdoor adventure, Gordes is the perfect place to visit in Provence.

The hill town of Gordes


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Gordes castle


Gordes castle picture


On a Tuesday morning there is a local street market.

You can buy fresh produce local Provencal dishes, clothes, cds etc.

The village has two bread shops you can buy fresh bread or delicious pastries just the smell makes you hungry.

Behind the village a narrow road takes you to the Plateau de Vaucluse an area of valleys and forests.

While you are in the area you must visit the Abbaye de Senanque only 2 miles away it is in a little valley.

A community of Cistercian monks live there they produce honey and lavender to help with the costs of the Abbey.

The 12th century Abbey is open to the public for a small entry fee. You can buy the honey and lavender items in the Abbey

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Places to Visit in Gordes:

1. Chateau de Gordes: This 11th-century castle is perched atop the hillside and is a must-see when visiting Gordes. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, making it one of the most picturesque sights in town.

2. Senanque Abbey: The Cistercian abbey of Sénanque is a stunning sight situated in a valley of lavender fields. It is one of the most iconic images of Provence and a must see when visiting Gordes.

3. Village of Roussillon: This village is renowned for its ochre-colored buildings and is one of the most photographed spots in the region. Visitors can explore the winding streets, which are lined with shops and restaurants.

4. Chateau des Baux-de-Provence: This castle is one of the most visited sites in Provence and is situated in a stunning landscape overlooking the Alpilles mountain range.

5. Mont Ventoux: This mountain is the highest peak in Provence and offers visitors stunning views of the region. Visitors can take a cable car to the summit and enjoy the panoramic views.

6. Luberon Regional Nature Park: This park is a great spot for outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. The park boasts stunning landscapes of lavender fields, vineyards, and olive groves.

7. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: This charming village is situated in the heart of the Luberon Regional Nature Park and is home to the largest natural spring in France. Visitors can take a boat ride on the river or explore the old-world streets.



The narrow road in gordes


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