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A Picturesque Gem: Gordes village

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When it comes to charming small towns with breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Gordes is a name that stands out. Located in the heart of Provence, France, Gordes has been recently listed as one of the most beautiful small towns around


Welcome to Gordes, recently listed as one of the most beautiful villages in the world by the international Travel + Leisure magazine !

Located in the picturesque French region of Provence, Gordes is known for its medieval charm, stunning architecture, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking to soak in the natural beauty of the countryside, Gordes has something for everyone. To help you make the most of your visit, here's an optimized guide to Gordes:

1. Architecture and Design

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Luberon Valley, Gordes is known for its unique stone-built houses, known as "bories," which are made from local limestone and feature traditional Provencal architecture. The narrow cobblestone streets, lined with stone walls and colorful flowers, add to the town's charm and create a romantic atmosphere that is reminiscent of a bygone era. Wandering through the labyrinthine streets of Gordes is a delight for the senses, with every corner revealing a new architectural marvel or a breathtaking vista.

2. History and Heritage

One of the highlights of Gordes is its imposing castle, Château de Gordes, which dates back to the 11th century. The castle, now a museum, offers a glimpse into the town's rich history and provides panoramic views of the surrounding valley. The stunning Renaissance-style Saint Firmin church, with its intricate frescoes and ornate decor, is another architectural masterpiece that is not to be missed.

Just a short drive from Gordes, you'll find the Senanque Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian abbey known for its picturesque lavender fields. In the summer months, generally in June and July, the fields burst into a riot of purple, creating a breathtaking sight that draws visitors from around the world. The scent of lavender fills the air, adding to the sensory experience of exploring the Provencal countryside.

Visit Gordes village during our Luberon villages full-day trip from Aix en Provence. 

3. Culture and Lifestyle

Gordes is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. The town is home to numerous art galleries, studios, and workshops, showcasing the work of local artists and artisans. Visitors can explore the town's artistic heritage and even purchase unique handcrafted souvenirs to take home as a reminder of their visit.

The town is also home to several art galleries, showcasing the works of local and international artists. Many artists have been drawn to Gordes for its inspirational setting, including Pol Mara, Victor Vasarely, and Marc Chagall, who have all found creative inspiration in the town's picturesque streets and stunning vistas.

4. Natural Beauty

One of the highlights of visiting Gordes is with no doubt the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The town is nestled amidst vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields, creating a stunning backdrop that is a feast for the eyes. The panoramic views from the village are particularly spectacular during sunrise and sunset, when the warm golden light bathes the landscape in a magical glow, making Gordes a photographer's paradise.

In addition to its natural beauty and cultural heritage, Gordes is also known for its gastronomy. The town is home to numerous traditional Provencal restaurants and cafes that serve up delicious local cuisine and savor the flavors of Provence.

5. Activities

Beyond its picturesque beauty, Gordes also offers a wide range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The Luberon Regional Nature Park, which surrounds the town, is a haven for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. The park boasts numerous trails that wind through vineyards, forests, and limestone cliffs, offering breathtaking vistas at every turn. Exploring the park's natural beauty is a must for those who want to fully appreciate the splendor of Gordes and its surroundings.


Visiting Gordes is like stepping into a fairytale. Its stunning medieval architecture, panoramic views, and rich cultural heritage make it a destination that is truly enchanting. Whether you wander through its cobblestone streets, explore its historical sites, immerse yourself in its arts and culture, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, Gordes is a small town that will capture your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories. It's no wonder that Gordes has been listed as one of the most beautiful small towns around the world, and it's a destination that should not be missed by any traveler seeking beauty, culture, and inspiration.

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