The Borie village lies to the west of Gordes, less than 2 kms away, but difficult to get to without a vehicle. Although the borie is known to date back as far as the Bronze Age (3000 years ago) the village here is thought to be dated only from the 15th c but probably refurbished over a much longer period. The Bories originally were used for housing...more
Lying just a few kms north of Gordes is the Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame de Senanque. Installed at the far end of a valley since 1128, it is still a working monastery for a community of 6 and as such can only be visited at certain times and only with a guide. Can be visited individually ONLY if there are not too many people. Recommended to check...more
Just a warning, that apart from the main square around the castle, Gordes is pretty much cobbled everywhere and can make walking difficult. Add to that the constant up and down. But there are some nice streets in the town and would be a pity to miss out. A nice view from the major car park over the Roussillon plain too. The imposing castle was...more
Originally dedicated to Notre-Dame (Our Lady), since 2 centuries it has been re-named as St. Firmins and includes two small chapels devoted to St. Crespin and Eloi. Re-painted over the last century, the crack resulting from an earth tremor can still distinctly be seen above the altar.more
On my way out of Gordes I happened upon the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Sénanque Abbey). You can tour the lavender fields and the area in the abbey where they product lavender products. In the shop I bought two bars of lavender soap.The abbey lies in a valley close to Gordes and is worth the visit.You can actually stay on the abbey grounds in a...more
Just beside Gordes is the Village de Bories. The Village de Bories an ancient hamlet of all dry-stone buildings: an incredible collection of houses, walls, barns and a variety of other enclosures. No one knows who built these structures out of local stones.In 1999 it was libre, or free admission however, now you have to pay 5 euros to get in, hour...more
Just a stone's throw from Gordes is the unique Village des Bories. The village is a collection of well-preserved stone huts which at first glance appear pre-historic, thanks to their archaic appearance and the manner in which they were built. This would not seem out of place, as Provence is among the oldest continuously inhabited regions since the...more
Route de St Saturnin d'Apt, Gordes, 84220, France
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RD 156, Les Pourquiers, Gordes, 84220, France
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Les Gervais, Gordes, 84220, France
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Very nice resto, somewhat in the back of Gordes.
Favorite Dish: We had duck breast with honey and balsamico and loup de mer. Very tasty, well cooked and nicely served. Excellent wine from Domaine des Anges (near Mormoiron).
While I did not intend originally, I ended up renting a car to drive through Provence - good thing too! Seeing the major sights around Gordes would have been next to impossible with some sort of transportation. While I do not know about public transport to the Bories Village or the Abbaye de Senanque, they are not what most people would considerable "walk-able," especially if you want to do both. Roads are very winding and have poor visibility, so be careful if you elect to visit these sights by bike. Also, many hotels are outside of Gordes proper, so keep this in mind.
When the lavender is in bloom:
If you have alleries, take your allergy medications with you with extra antihistine.
I loved the abbey and grounds however because it lies in a velley surrounded on all sides, the pollen builds up in the air and can be quite intoxicating. As I started driving down the side of the mountain my eyes started watering and by the time I reached the abbey I had a full blown allergy attack with contriction of my breathing passage!
I did not want to miss the abbey so I had to rush through the abbey and grounds. Next time I shall go when the lavender is not in bloom!
Perhaps the sisters/people who run the abbey should also add allergy medication to their sales! (only kidding)