Our first blog post for Luberon villages has to start with Gordes. It is reached after having crossed a landscape made of olive trees, almond trees, fig trees, dry stone walls, pretty farmhouses…
At sunset, its old stone houses are set ablaze.
Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence brought fame to this little village perched precariously on a cliff of limestone rock. The Chateau, Village des Bories, and nearby Abbaye de Senanque makes Gordes one of the most visited villages in the Luberon.
The famous look out site on the right as you drive into the village might be one of the most Instagrammed places where we live. I drive past the lookout nearly every day and it still takes my breath away, even with the coaches parked and dozens of visitors queuing to take a photograph. Try visiting the lookout at night when there are less people, the dry stoned walls entering the village are now lit up, and you can view the Bastide de Gordes, while cool night time breezes make this one of the most magical places you can visit.
You can also visit the Cercle Républicain in the center of town for a coffee. Try going in the mornings, it’s where the locals are, and it’s a good moment to get lost walking around the little paths that wind around the village.There are the narrow streets lined with shops, with their vaulted passages and stone staircases, the Renaissance castle, the cellars of an old oil mill.
Parking can be difficult, you can either stop at the mobile home parking and use the cycle path to walk into town. Or one of 2 parking areas before and after the village center. If you are using a local registered car, pretend to be a local with the policeman and park near the Post office.
Try the renowned buffet at the Bastide de Gordes, or the very good truffle pizzas at Casa Rosario.