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Gordes - a beautiful village

Gordes is officially categorised as one of the most beautiful villages in all France. So, what makes Gordes so special? It could be its hilltop setting, its cobbled streets, cream-coloured stone houses and its historic buildings. Or, it could be its location, in the stunning Luberon area of inland Provence. Perhaps it is the colourful markets, the vibrant atmosphere or the ever present sunshine. Most likely, though, it is the magical combination of all of this that makes Gordes gorgeous.

Historic buildings and pilgrims

As you wander around Gordes there are many sights that will take your eye. Among the most important are the Romanesque church, the chapel with its dedication to shoemakers, the castle (now home to a museum), the Sénaque Abbey and the "Village des Bories". The last is fascinating. Lying on the outskirts of Gordes, it's a collection of traditional rural buildings that form an open air museum. The buildings had a wide variety of uses - from sheep shelters to silk-worm breeding! Look out too, for the distinctive shell symbol of the pilgrims who would pass though the village on their way to St Jacques. You'll find it in the Clastres road.

The essentials of life - and a few luxuries too

Gordes is a great tourist attraction, to be sure, but it's also a living village with good amenities. Among the tourist orientated arts and crafts shops you can find a couple of boulangeries, a small supermarket, a greengrocer, a pharmacy and a paper shop. There are bars, cafés and many restaurants too. Tuesday is market day, an event not to be missed with its proliferation of irresistible colours, scents and sounds. Gordes also offers its residents a nursery school and a primary school, doctors, dentists and an old people's hospital.

Enjoy the great outdoors around Gordes

Within the village there are facilities for several sports, including football, petanque, cycling and walking. Just a little further away you can find all kinds of activities to enjoy, like horse-riding and mountain biking. The nearby town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue offers a public swimming pool. And, the Provençal Country Club has a good golf course.

A lavender-scented idyll with exciting towns nearby

The Luberon is the place that inspired Peter Mayle to write his iconic book, "A Year in Provence", and once you've arrived there you can see exactly why he and thousands of others have fallen in love with this corner of Provence. The countryside is a patchwork of dark pine forests, bluey-purple lavender fields, vineyards and olive groves. The summer air hums with the sound of industrious bees. It's a rural idyll. Leaving the countryside (if you can tear yourself away) there are some interesting towns to visit too. Avignon (38 km away) is packed with interesting sights, including of course, its famous bridge. Sadly, only part of the bridge remains, but looking at it you can't help but hear the well known song in your mind! A longer drive, this time to the south, will take you to the lovely town of Aix en Provence.

How to get to Gordes

You can travel to Avignon, Nîmes or Marseille by plane or train from the UK. Local rail services can get you as close as L'Isle sur la Sorgue. If you're driving (recommended if you want to make the most of the area) you'll find the town on the D15/D102, not far from the A7 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Gordes

Property in and close to Gordes, like that in most of the Luberon, is highly sought after and rarely cheap. However, there are some stunning properties on the market for those with a little cash to splash.

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WHERE IS Gordes?

Gordes is situated in the south-east of France. It's in the heart of the Vaucluse department, 30 kilometres east of Avignon.

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Population: 2,130

Access: By air: Fly to Avignon, Nîmes or Marseille. By rail: Take the TGV to Avignon. The nearby town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue has a train station. By road: The village is found near to the A7, on the D15/D102.

Economy: The economy is based on a blend of agriculture, commerce and tourism.

Interesting fact: Many artists have lived or worked in Gordes including Marc Chagall and Victor Vasarely.


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