Gordes general viewPerched high on the southern slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse, Gordes is a very pretty Provence village - officially one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France - and, at the same time, a mighty stronghold that exudes an aura of wealth and power.

The central village is delightful to wander around. And the commune of Gordes is also one of the largest in the region: it sprawls over 4,800 hectares / 12,000 acres. So, as well as several important attractions within the fortified village, the territory boasts some of the most celebrated sights in Provence.

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Read more below about the village of Gordes itself, the Abbaye de Sénanque, a magnificent Cistercian abbey set in lavender fields, and the Village des Bories, an open-air museum of traditional provençal dry-stone huts. And click here for a review of the hotel-restaurant Le Mas de la Sénancole and here to find out more about the provençal lavender that defines this region.

Gordes general view2Even among the showstopping hill villages of Vaucluse, Gordes is a stunner. Rearing up high on the slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse, the golden stone stronghold is a majestic sight.

Village des BoriesSet in the wild countryside just outside Gordes, the Village of Bories is a mysterious, eerily beautiful cluster of several dozen dry-stone huts restored to display a traditional rural way of life.

Senanque with lavender fieldsIn its remote secret valley of lavender fields outside the village of Gordes, the mediaeval Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque is one of the most instantly recognisable icons of Provence.

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