The beautiful villages around the Mont Ventoux: Gordes 32 km from the holiday home
Gordes, perched on a promontory, with its thatched cottages built around the impressive castle, dominates the plain. This well-known Provençal village is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The castle, the cobbled streets and the beautiful shaded square invite you to stroll.
The holiday home is 32 km from the heritage of Gordes.
Tourists also know this village all too well. The village has managed to preserve its authentic appearance over the centuries by protecting its heritage. Through the various narrow lanes of calades (pavings) that lead to the fortress, you will seek the best view of the city.
There is a market in Gordes on Tuesday mornings. The holiday home is 32 km away, so you can leave in time to find a decent parking space. From 11 a.m. it is almost impossible to park reasonably close by.
Many artists have strolled through the alleys, such as Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely, André Lhote and Pol Mara. Here, there is a history steeped in nobility and art which is reflected in the buildings.
There is no shortage of restaurants, including La Renaissance (filming of the movie A Good Year with Russel Crowe and Marion Cotillard). Right in the center is the Airelles de Gordes, a beautiful 5* hotel. A very pleasant restaurant is La Bastide de Pierres and La Trinquette with a very nice view.
If you want to escape the busy streets for a bit, walk through the church to the lower part of the village. The alleys are sometimes quite steep, but it is worth stopping there for a moment, because a beautiful view of the valley awaits you there. If you walk there, you will even come across a small open-air theater.
The Romanesque church is dark on the outside but surprisingly colorful on the inside. In the Middle Ages, churches looked very colorful inside. Colors were not common in everyday life as they were generally expensive. The beauty of the white statues and stones is typical of this era.
The castle, located in the main square, dates from the 16th century. In the 20th century, it was inhabited by the artist Victor Vasarely, whose Fondation Vasarely is located in Aix en Provence. You will now find a museum there containing 200 works by the Flemish artist Pol Mara (pseudonym of the Antwerp resident Louis Leysen) who stayed in Gordes for health reasons.
Village des Bories: located at the foot of the mountain, it is a 19th century village where the houses are built in a style that was used around 5000 BC. It gives a good idea of how the people of the Provence lived in prehistoric times.
Near Gordes and the holiday home:
Abbaye de Sénanque is located in the beautiful Sénancole valley, in the middle of lavender fields. Built in the 12th century, the abbey is a fine example of primitive Cistercian architecture. The abbey church, the cloister, the dormitory, the chapter house and the heated room can be visited.
Also see the activities page to see what can be visited near the holiday home.