Gordes Travel Guide

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Gordes Things to Do

  • The Borie village near Gordes.

    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...

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  • Senanque Abbey.

    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...

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  • The streets of Gordes.

    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...

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  • Visit the church.

    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.

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  • Lavender Museum

    On the way to Gordes, you will find this museum. They will explain how they make perfume from lavender with a film, guided tour and exhibitions. You can visit their nice perfume shops. watch out your wallet!

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  • "Lavender" monastry

    Abbaye de Senanque is a most famous monastery in the region. It was built in 12th century. It is also surrounded by large lavender fields.When you come to Gordes, you will find the sign "Abbye de Senanque. Its a calm and beautiful place . You must come here!

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  • Sénanque Abbey

    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...

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  • Village de Bories

    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...

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  • Le Village des Bories

    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...

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  • Cote de Senanque

    The midway of D177 where you find a georgous valley of Senanque region. It is a good place as a stopover.

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  • Route D177 - Gateway to L'abbaye de...

    Some 4 km north-west of Gordes and off the D177 is the Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque where in summer, is framed by fields of lilac lavender. The abbey, founded in 1148 and today inhabited by just five monks.

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  • Abbaye de Senanque

    Not far from Gordes there is the famous Abbaye de Senanque. This church is in the middle of a campaign and the best period to visit it is in spring, when lavanda covers all the camps with a marvellous purple color.

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Gordes Hotels

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  • La Ferme de la Huppe

    RD 156, Les Pourquiers, Gordes, 84220, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Le Mas de Garrigon

    Route de St Saturnin d'Apt, Gordes, 84220, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hostellerie Le Phebus

    Route De Murs, Joucas, Gordes, Provence, 84220, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Gordes Restaurants

  • by Gonco Updated Nov 3, 2011

    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).

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Gordes Transportation

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    by alloquisha Written Jul 14, 2004

    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.

    A long, hot trek by foot

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Gordes Warnings and Dangers

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    by lonestar_philomath Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Beware!

    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)

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