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Gordes

This famous village is both beautiful and welcoming. Tourists come here from round the world to see this famous village in the heart of Provence with its stone buildings, church, views, restaurants and culture. Take the opportunity to visit here and take with you some great memories of this wonderful area of France.

  • 1 hr 5 minsfrom Marseille

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Food & Dining

Food and dining at Gordes

Provencal cooking is a real treat to the taste buds, the sun makes the vegetables grow wonderfully and the olive oil is the key ingredient for most dishes. Everywhere in Provence you will find a lot of seafood dishes, Marseille is particularly popular as the seafood capital. Of course when in Provence dont forget to try those extraordinary cheeses and divine ham.

Restaurant Types

  • A La Carte
  • Fine Dining
  • Family friendly
  • Local/Traditional

Shops & Facilities

Markets

  • Food
  • Local crafts
  • Souvenirs

Excursions and Places of Interest

Excursions and Places of interest at Gordes

Vineyards

You cannot leave Provence without visiting one of the wyneries; Château Vignelaure, Château La Coste, Château Léoube, Mas de Cadenet, Clos Mireille-Domaines Ott, Château de Chausse... There is sonething for every taste!

Distillery / Brewery

Apart from gazing at lavender fields, you can also visit lavender farms and distilleries, attend lavender festivals at Sault and Valreas, and buy lavender products like oil, essences, perfumes, soap, etc. In Coustellet there is even a Lavender Museum exploring the history of the cultivation of lavender in Provence.

Natural areas of beauty

Les Gorges de Regalon : just beside Merindol, take a wonderful walk through a narrow canyon; the scenery, terrain, and views all make this hike extremely interesting - actually spectacular.

The Alpilles mountains: at the heart of a region with a unique diversity of landscapes, this unique area was classified as a Parc Naturel Régional

Les Baux is a spectacular rock plateau 250m up in the sky with views south over the Alpilles, and to Arles and the Camargue.

Regions to visit

A tour around the Mont Ventoux gives you a different perspective of Provence, from the lavender country round Sault to the west, to the wine country and Roman treasures of Vaison la Romaine in the East, and the beautiful and little-known villages scattered in between.

Other excursions

Greaty number of activities and beautiful spots; you can canoe on the River Agens,or take a trip through the Verdon on an electric boat, cycle on the country roads of Provence or take a horserback ride through the hills...

The old town

Wander down the streets of Gordes on foot to appreciate old stone buildings and you will understand why so many of the rich and famous make this area their home.

You will discover 'The Calades' : this is the name given by the people of Provence to these typical streets cobbled with stones fetched in the near-by rivers, and laid on edge. They are one of the village's characteristics.

Museums

The Pol Mara Museum.

Pol Mara was contemporary Flemish painter and a citizen of the city of Gordes. His masterpieces are shown on three storeys and are like a variation on the theme of the changing times.

Churches / Cathedrals

The Church: Originally Romanesque, it was consecrated to Notre Dame.

Founded in 1148, the Sénanque Abbey is an exceptional witness of primitive Cistercian architecture.

Castles

Preserved and standing tall in the middle of the village, Gordes Castle was started in the 11th century and combines medieval and Renaissance architecture in its imposing structure. It has a massive fireplace which is a historical monument by itself. Gordes Castle hosts art expos and other exhibitions on its top three floors.

Other Places of interest

THE MOULINS OIL PRESS is the oldest olive oil press being kept in perfect condition to this day.

Activities

Activities at Gordes

Land activities:

Other activities

Provence is a great destination for a walking vacation. There are trails for people of all abilities, including many hikes which are very suitable for families with younger children.

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