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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Gordes
Insee code84050
AltitudeFrom 115 to 635 meters
Surface48.04 km²
Population2113 inhabitants
Density43 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Pantaléon at 3.6 km
Chief townAvignon (at 38 km, 47 min)Joucas at 4.5 km
DepartmentVaucluseCabrières-d'Avignon at 4.6 km
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Perched on a rock and stands on the edge of the Vaucluse plateau, Gordes include a "most beautiful villages of France" where many celebrities and artists have taken up residence.

Gordes was an oppidum of the tribe or Vulgientes Vordenses who gave their name to the primitive village, by the transformation of customary fifth initial G (Vordenses - Gordenses) in the Gallo-Roman times.

The terrible insecurity, due to the many invasions over the centuries forced the rural population to flee to higher ground. This is the origin of these hilltop villages. The strategic value of these fortified settlements will continue throughout the Middle Ages and some of the Renaissance, especially during the Wars of Religion.

That's why Gordes lived in the defensive and learned to protect themselves, perhaps more than others. What gives, probably, even today, something rough and somewhat austere in this village, a labyrinth of dry stone, whose inhabitants over the centuries have kept the trail in their ancestral memory, the torments of past.

Between the multiple invasions, religious wars, plague, two earthquakes, a bombing at the end of World War II, and the multitude of evils such events, such as famine and depopulation, the Gordian had many opportunities to show their courage, their strength and demonstrate their commitment to this village clinging to its rock solid!


  • The Church:
  • Originally Romanesque (twelfth), the church of Gordes was once dedicated to Our Lady. Rebuilt in the eighteenth century, it is then devoted two centuries to his patron Saint Firmin (Bishop of Uzès). The Saint-Eloi is for blacksmiths and locksmiths, while that of Saint-Crespin corresponds to shoemakers.
  • You can see street Clastres a shell, witness pilgrimages towards Saint-Jacques.
  • Abbey Sénanque (4 km towards Cavaillon then Venasque)
  • In the beautiful valley of Sénancole, this monument founded in 1148, witnessed the early Cistercian architecture. It is still inhabited by a community of Cistercian monks.
  • The whole edifice of the 12th century is open to visitors with a guide.
  • Information on +33 4 90 72 05 72.
  • Castle Gordes:
  • In a large size, this building existed in 1031. Destroyed in the meantime, it was rebuilt in 1525. The austere medieval architecture mingles with the new lifestyle of the Renaissance. Historical monument in 1931. From the time the splendid Renaissance fireplace remarkable Room Honor, historic monument in 1902.
  • In the exceptional setting of Castle Gordes, temporary exhibitions are organized during the summer season. One can also find a permanent exhibition on the history of the village.
  • Information on +33 4 90 72 02 75.
  • The Village des Bories (4 km towards Cavaillon)
  • The Village of Bories Gordes with sheep, wine vats, threshing wheat, streets, yards and walls, reflects the painstaking work of countless generations of farmers seeking new land. Certainly the oldest dating from the 16th century and more recent 19th century. Village des Bories, classified as "Historic Monument" in 1977, is the largest group of this habitat characteristic of the Pays d'Apt dry stone.
  • The Village des Bories, museum of rural habitat, can be visited all year round, daily from 9am to sunset.
  • Information on +33 4 90 72 03 48.
  • The mill Broths (4 km towards Cavaillon)
  • Gallo-Roman site inhabited for 2,000 years. This olive oil mill, a listed building, is the oldest surviving mill intact with all its work items. This mill, in working condition, with its tanks dug into the rock, its Roman pipes, tells the story of olive oil and soap in the Mediterranean. Collection of oil lamps, amphorae ...
  • Information on +33 4 90 72 22 11.
  • Museum of Glass and Stained Glass (4 km towards Cavaillon)
  • This large museum, 600 m² of exhibition in a 3-hectare park where you can also see the monumental sculptures of Frederick Duran, tells the story of glass and stained glass from the earliest to the present time. 7000 years of the history of humanity, the glass bead to the glass, stained glass photovoltaic cells.
  • Information on +33 4 90 72 22 11.
  • The cellars of the Palais Saint Firmin (in the village):
  • Cave rooms, cisterns, underground stairs, oil mills, etc.. Adapted from century to century in a large house called "Palais Saint Firmin."
  • The "citadels villages" as Gordes are a challenge to nature. In order to cope with the lack of floor space, houses intramural pile and set up an underground life. If men lived on the surface, the trade and industry on the other hand grew underground. There exists a huge Gordes often more impressive than the houses that shelter underground network. Currently this behind the scenes, buried under the embankment is not visible. Almost, because more than 40 years of excavation work, tourists can now discover a part of this underground world.
  • Under the Palais Saint Firmin, a large house of the Renaissance, is a network of caves. Since 1999, it is possible to visit the most representative of the intensity of this underground activity. This network of mills, tanks, pipes, is included in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments, and provides the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cave life Gordes.
  • Proceedings of the visit: Introduction to visit with a documentary on the history and restoration of Caves du Palais Saint-Firmin (in French, subtitled in English) Site visit with audio guide and lighting all along the route (9 languages ​​available for audio-guides: English, Italian, Chinese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian) Relaxation and store end of the visit.
  • Exceptional opening private gardens overlooking the Caves on request for groups and schools.
  • Fee, free for children under 12 years.
  • Dates and opening hours: Daily (except Tuesday) from 1 May to 30 September, from 10am to 18pm. By appointment the rest of the year.
  • Information: Tel. : +33 4 90 72 02 75 - Email: caves.saint.firmin @ gmail.com
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Gordes
MonumentsAbbey of Sénanque,   Castle of Gordes


  • Weekly Market: Tuesday morning.
  • Various art exhibitions from April to September.
  • Market Weavers: the weekend of Easter.
  • Festival "Summer Evenings Gordes" (world music, song, dance, theater ...): the first half of August.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
3-hole golf course with restaurantNature and the outdoorsFrom 2 € to 40 €Robion (10.2 km)
Cycle, mountain bike, tandem and electric bike hireNature and the outdoors22 €Velleron (14.5 km)
Lavender distillery in ProvenceCraftFrom 0 € to 5 €Apt (16.1 km)
Paintball by the LubéronSports sensationsFrom 20 € to 35 €La Roque-d'Anthéron (22 km)
Visit a lavender distilleryLocal flavoursFreeSault (28 km)

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French cuisine restaurantLa Bastide de Gordes  
La Bastide de Gordes opens the doors of its exceptional setting. Fine cuisine and light honors those places beautiful Provencal products in delicious dishes with Mediterranean accents...
Located in Gordes61 € per person 
Provençal restaurantLe Phebus - Xavier Mathieu  
Restaurant Le Phebus is a invitation to gastronomic journey, combining family tradition and inventiveness, all orchestrated by Xavier Mathieu. The flavors and colors of Provence are...
Located 920 m from Gordes67 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantL'Estellan  
Estellan the restaurant, located in Gordes, invites you to share a good time cooking in a bucolic setting. Open to nature, you take your meals in a romantic setting. Enjoy the old stones...
Located in Gordes39 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsBistrot de pays L'Imprévu    
Bistro country or usability reign; renovated and very nice; catering and bar will allow you to enjoy the south facing terrace.
Located 5.9 km from GordesFrom 61 € to 86 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsLI roule    
Mansion in the countryside 2 km from the village of Roussillon village of ocher and color, In a quiet two large bedrooms with private terrace The largest is perfect for a couple and...
Located 6.4 km from GordesFrom 58 € to 65 € the double room 
Mas with 5 bedroomsSous L'olivier  
Bed and breakfast provence luberon. As true ‘children of Provence', Julien and Carole Gouin, welcome you to their beautifully renovated farmhouse, parts of which date back to the early...
Located 7.1 km from GordesFrom 102 € to 132 € the double room 

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Mas for 10 personsRelais Postal à Gordes, Vue sur Luberon   SPECIAL OFFER
Relais Postal 18th Century located in Gordes, ranked with a dovecote and courtyard. Three hectares of various species including two groves, Borie and a heated swimming pool (4x12 m)....
Located in GordesFrom 1470 € to 3500 € per week 
House for 8 personsJas de Souleu - Belle villa avec piscine
Located on the area of Gordes among the most beautiful french village of Provence, in the regional natural park of 'Petit Luberon' (at 40 min of Avignon and its festival and 20 minutes...
Located 4.5 km from GordesFrom 650 € to 1700 € per week 
House for 5 personsLocation Vacances Vaucluse  
Your vacation rental is 700 m from Fontaine de Vaucluse center, in a quiet area, near the village exit, on the Gordes tourist road, 6 km from l'Isle sur la Sorgue and great surfaces....
Located 6 km from GordesFrom 410 € to 610 € per week 

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164 places over 3 haCamping Airotel La Sorguette    
We wish you a very pleasant stay in our open-air hotel, a heaven of peace and nature, on the banks of the Sorgue River. At our Campsite « La Sorguette » you will find that comfort and...
Located 10.2 km from GordesFrom 17.50 € to 22.30 € per day 
80 places over 9 haCamping le Vallon    
Green and family located in the Luberon, very quiet or campers come find peace. The site is surrounded by greenery limitless. Place for meditation. The very warm welcome.
Located 12.6 km from GordesFrom 13.50 € to 19 € per day 
185 places over 4 haCamping Domaine des Chênes Blancs    
Located between the Mounts of Vaucluse and the Mounts of Luberon, our family and convivial camp-site invites you to discover the Natural reserve of Luberon under the sun and the colors...
Located 13.4 km from GordesFrom 15.50 € to 33 € per day 

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Domaine Les Bastidons - Hotel in GordesDomaine Les Bastidons     
Domaine Les Bastidons is located in the Vaucluse mountains, near the historic town of Gordes. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a sunbathing terrace and free Wi-Fi. Each of the Bastidons...
Located in GordesRoom from 59 €
Hotel Les Bories & Spa - Hotel in GordesHotel Les Bories & Spa     
The Hotel Les Bories and Spa is set in Gordes on an 8 hectare estate of olive trees, cypresses, oaks and lavender. It offers 2 swimming pools. Les Bories offers guest rooms and suites...
Located in GordesRoom from 300 €
La Bastide de Gordes Hôtel & Spa - Hotel in GordesLa Bastide de Gordes Hôtel & Spa     
Located in the hilltop village of Gordes, La Bastide de Gordes Hôtel & Spa – MGallery Collection offers panoramic views over the Luberon valley from its many charming terraces and hanging...
Located in GordesRoom from 190 €

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Avignon Grand Hotel
Avignon Grand Hôtel is ideally located just outside the city’s Middle Age walls. It is a 15-minute walk from Palais des Papes and offers a small rooftop...
Résidence 5 Epi
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