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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 6 km (12 min)
Chief townAvignon (at 38 km, 47 min)Joucas at 6.5 km (12 min)
DepartmentVaucluseBeaumettes at 7.3 km (13 min)
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurSearch another town


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Perched on a rock and stands on the edge of the Vaucluse plateau, Gordes among one of "the most beautiful villages in France " where many celebrities and artists have taken up residence.

The terrible insecurity due to multiple invasions over the centuries forced the rural population to take refuge in the hills. This is the origin of this hilltop village. The strategic value of this fortified village will continue throughout the Middle Ages and part of the Renaissance, especially during the Wars of Religion.

Gordes is located in the heart of the Luberon and is a major center of interest, but also the starting point for many visits as many hilltop villages nearby Roussillon and the ocher trail, Colorado Provencal or Fontaine de Vaucluse.


  • 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.
  • Potter Gordes Market in July, around the castle in the village center. Discover 25 potters, sculptors and ceramists for a day of discussion, meetings, discovery and pleasure! Workshop children. Free admission.


  • Canoe sur la Sorgue 20 km.
  • Many visits to discover the many hilltop villages nearby.
  • Roussillon and the ocher trail.
  • Colorado Provencal.
  • The source of the Sorgue in Fontaine de Vaucluse.
  • L'Isle -sur -la- Sorgue, Provence Venice, and many other discoveries to Avignon.
  • Provencal cuisine will also be part of your discoveries, like many wine appellations.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Cycle, mountain bike, tandem and electric bike hireNature and the outdoors22 €Velleron (14.5 km)
Lavender distillery in ProvenceCraftFrom 0 € to 5 €Apt (16 km)
Paintball by the LubéronSports sensationsFrom 20 € to 35 €La Roque-d'Anthéron (22 km)
Visit a lavender distilleryLocal flavoursFreeSault (28 km)
Tour and tasting at Les Béates wine estateLocal flavoursFrom 0 € to 10 €Lambesc (28 km)

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French cuisine restaurantHôtel Restaurant Les Bories   NEW
ÉTOILE PROVENÇALE – En visite à Gordes, le village perché du Luberon, ne ratez pas le restaurant gastronomique Les Bories. Récompensé d’une étoile au Guide Michelin et d’un 15/20 au...
Located in Gordes72 € 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 Gordes59 € 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 Gordes42 € per person 

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Farm with 4 bedroomsLe vieux rouvre    
Marielle you will receive in a farm of the 18th century located in the heart of the Luberon. It is an independent family house which has 4 bedrooms, a communal dining room, kitchen,...
Located in Gordes55 € the double room 
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 
Villa with 6 bedroomsVilla Chante Coucou     NEW
At the heart of the Vaucluse...  - Villa cuckoo sings in the heart of the garrigue 'Fontaine de Vaucluse', overlooking the village, opposite a unique landscape, Marco welcome you among...
Located 5.9 km from GordesFrom 75 € to 95 € the double room 

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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 
House for 4 personsMaison de charme la burliere  
Charming xviii edge of the classified village of Roussillon, Ranked Most Beautiful Villages of France.. Comfortable for 4 people, 2 bedrooms, one with a baby bed, living room with antique...
Located 7.6 km from GordesFrom 430 € to 550 € per week 
House for 8 personsHouse for 8 persons
Sheepfold, private heated pool near Luberon.
Located 8 km from GordesFrom 1000 € to 1900 € per week 

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99 places over 3,5 haDomaine du Camping des Sources    
Gordes, one of the hundred most beautiful villages in France, in the heart of the Luberon. The area offers 40 pitches and 59 rental in a typical Provencal, with 180 ° view over the...
Located in GordesFrom 18.20 € to 28.80 € per day 
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 18.50 € to 23.70 € 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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Mas Des Romarins - Hotel in GordesMas Des Romarins     
This charming hotel is located a short walk from the centre of the hilltop village of Gordes and boasts a beautiful garden, an outdoor swimming pool and an excellent restaurant. Housed...
Located in Gordes
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 195 €
Mas De La Senancole - Hotel in GordesMas De La Senancole     
Located in a picturesque and quiet area a few kilometres from the centre of Gordes, the Mas De La Senancole boasts a lovely garden and outdoor swimming pool. All the colourful rooms...
Located in GordesRoom from 66 €

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La Mirande
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Apart'Hotel Sainte-Marthe
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