France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Gordes, Luberon, Provence, France
A charming hilltop town in the beautiful Luberon.

 
   

 

Gordes is one of the better known hilltop towns of the Luberon—and with good reason.

With its colorful château perched atop the hill, and the narrow winding roads leading to it, just getting there is an adventure. The views from the D15 roadway are spectacular, particularly in the late afternoon when the sun sweeps across the hilltop.

If you come on market day (Tuesday), be prepared for big crowds. We found all the parking lots on the way up to town were full, but you are directed right through the main square/center of town/château and out the other side to additional parking. (You keep thinking you shouldn't be heading right into the crowds, but in fact that's the only way to go.)

It's a mostly uphill walk back to town and the market; just take your time.

It's fun to explore the narrow streets and alleyways of Gordes. The views are ever changing, from the mountains, valleys, and fields in the distance to the charming passageways that connect the narrow streets. We enjoyed some lovely views of the countryside while walking around the town.

Gordes, France

Gordes is just 18 kilometers (11 miles) east of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, and only 10 kilometers/6 miles from the colorful town of Roussillon. Other hilltop towns such as Ménerbes, Bonnieux, Oppède-le-Vieux, and Lacoste (map).

The lovely Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is also just a few kilometers away, down a very narrow, twisting road. Known for its fields of lavender, it is a nice sidetrip from Gordes.

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What to See & Do in Gordes

Tourist Information Office

Abbaye de Sénanque

About the Luberon

Hilltop Towns of the Luberon

About Provence

 

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Gordes, France

Above, Late afternoon sun on the château, church, and town of Gordes.


 

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