Gordes view point is one of the top things to do in Gordes

Things To Do In Gordes, Provence

Gordes, the prettiest hilltop village in Provence is a must-visit, not only for a photo of its picture-perfect charm, but also because its a fun little stop.

This lovely village overlooking the lush Luberon is a one hour drive from Aix-en-Provence and 45 minutes from Avignon, making it a perfect day trip from either.

Settled by well-known artists Andre Lhote and Marc Chagal after WWII, it also attracted modern day artists like Victor Vasarely, and Pol Mara, all adding to its allure.

Best Things To Do In Gordes

View-Point Hill

This view is likely the first things you’ll see as view-point hill is right before Gordes when coming from Avignon or Aix-en-Provence. It’s at the cross roads of Route de Cavaillon and Chemin de Gaumaud. Or, simply google ’Town View Point Gordes’ to find it on the map. There’s a small area for cars to park on the hilltop.

Gordes view point is one of the top things to do in Gordes
Gordes

Le Chateau de Gordes

This medieval fortress-turned Renaissance castle sits at the top of Gordes hill. It’s lovely to walk the grounds of the area and experience the views. If you want to go inside, there is a fee for the art exhibit that’s usually here.

Seeing the views is one of the top things to do in Gordes
Gordes

Les Caves du Palais Saint-Fermin

Natural caves, expanded upon by villagers in the Middles Ages who used this network of cellars as a place of refuge, as well as a place to make and store food. With over 7 levels of cellars, it’s still under excavation. The caves contain an ancient olive press, bread oven, grain silo, cistern, storage bins, and more.

Wander Winding Cobblestone Roads

Just wandering the winding cobblestoned streets of this little gem is a great thing to do. You’ll see views of the Luberon between the ancient walls, and discover interesting architectural details and quaint cafes.

Tuesday Morning Market

Set up at the base of the castle, this market takes place every Tuesday morning from 8-12:30. This Provencal market is full of fabrics, linens, soaps, and lavender, as well as produce, breads, cheeses, meats, and local specialties to make a picnic if you want.

It can get really crowded in peak season, so arrive early to get around more easily. Remember to bring cash for the smaller, local vendors.

People Watch From One Of Its Many Cafes

If you don’t visit on market day, and have time, there are many lovely cafes and gourmet establishments in Gordes. It’s a perfect place to sit and watch the townspeople going about their day.

Visit Abbaye de Sénanque

About 2.5 miles (4 km) from Gordes is a delightful 12th century Cistercian abbey, Abbaye de Sénanque. Still functioning today, it’s especially lovely when the lavender is in full bloom.

Want More Of France?

There’s a reason why France is the world’s most visited country, it has a ton to offer visitors! Here’s some other great places to add to your list.

First, there’s a lot more to see in Provence. If you’re visiting Gordes, you’re likely staying in Avignon or Aix-en-Provence, both well worth exploring. But there are also other charming towns nearby like Roussilon, Lourmarin, and St. Remy.

The Cote d’Azur, or French Riviera, is also just south of Gordes. Known as the playground of the wealthy, there are several beautiful, laid-back coastal towns to visit, like Cassis, St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice, and more.

Of course you can’t miss France’s most visited city, Paris. One of the most romantic cities in Europe, you can visit it over and over, seeing something new each time. And from Paris, there are several day trip options, like must-see Palace of Versailles, or Giverny, for Claude Monet’s house and gardens.

If you want to explore more of France’s incredible historic cities, consider visiting amazing Strasbourg, Lyon, Brittany, or Mont Saint-Michel.

And if you want to explore some of France’s outstanding wine regions, there’s also Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Loire Valley. Each with their own incredible terroir, varietals, and historic architecture.

To see all the places to fall in love with France in, as well as tips on money, safety, scams, and how to best get around, see my France Travel Guide.

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4 Comments

  • Lori Weed

    Glad you feel safe in Marrakech. :). I’ve heard that the men can be a bit overbearing there with women, especially with female tourists. Loving your photos! Keep ’em coming. We miss you!

    • Julie

      Thanks Lori….they are definitely flirts…but just for fun…and you just have to walk away….dressing according to their culture also helps in expecting the, to treat you with respect back. ?
      I just finished a long update to this post….as I felt there was so much to say about Marrakech!

  • Erynn Crowley

    So glad you enjoyed Provence. Now you’ve seen more of it than I have so you can give me travel advice. I will definitely be going back someday.

    • Julie

      Thanks Erynn, I loved it too…and thanks for your suggestions. They really helped!

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