About Gordes in France
Gordes is full of charm and set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Vaucluse department in Provence.
It’s difficult to miss this lovely commune as you approach because, like many others in Provence, it is set on a hillside, overlooking the surrounding vineyards and olive groves.
It is actually known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, so this is Provence at its best!
Things to See and Do
For many people, a visit to Gordes means wandering around this charming village and soaking in the atmosphere and architecture.
There are narrow, cobbled streets, many of which lead to the castle right in the heart of the village and at its highest point.
This is the town’s major tourist attraction, and it was partially rebuilt in the Renaissance style in 1525.
The Senanque Abbey
The cellars of Saint Firmain Palace are also famous, while a little outside the village is the Senanque Abbey.
Village des Bories
Also, a little outside of the village is an open-air museum called the Village de Bories, where there are around 20 dry stone huts built in the 18th century.
The hills and agricultural lands surrounding the village are great to explore on foot or by bike.
Getting to Gordes
The village has a rural setting so you won’t find any large cities nearby, but that is of course part of its appeal.
Marseille is around 90 kilometres (56 miles) almost directly south, while the City of the Popes, Avignon, is around 40 kilometres (25 miles) to the west.
Both Avignon and Marseille have airports. From the airport it would be easiest and most convenient to rent a car and drive through the beautiful Provencal scenery.
Hotels and Where to Stay
Gordes has a permanent population of only around 2,000 people, so this isn’t a large town, and there’s a limited number of places to stay.
La Bastide de Gordes Hotel and Spa is a stunning luxurious 5-star hotel with beautiful views.
Hotel Les Bories and Spa are set on its 8-hectare estate amidst olive trees, lavender, cypresses and oak trees.
Of course, you can also opt for more basic accommodation if you want to experience more how the locals live, and a popular option is to rent a farmhouse as a private rental or stay in one of the quaint B&Bs.
Summers are much like the rest of Provence, relatively dry and relatively hot, and you’ll find the hottest temperatures in July and August when average highs are 28 to 29C.
There are usually just a few days of rain in these months, making this a great time to visit.
Winters are cold, but not excessively so unless there’s a Mistral wind blowing through.