Introducing Gordes-en-Provence

High on a hilltop, surrounded by the lush countryside of the Luberon, sits honey-stone village of Gordes-en-Provence. Stroll cobbled alleyways in the Mediterranean sunshine and visit the ancient castle and church. Venture to nearby lavender fields, aromatic and vibrant. Dine on leafy terraces or explore sumptuous treats from local markets before retiring to your boutique retreat. 

Things to do

After admiring Gordes' Medieval chateau and the adjacent art gallery dedicated to Flemish artist Pol Mara, head to the cool cellars of St. Firmin Palace. Explore these troglodyte caves to find subterranean olive oil presses, cisterns and alleyways, all carved into the stone. Return to the sunshine for an outdoor classical concert before discovering unique works in the studios and shops of Gordes' flourishing artist community.

Travel just outside Gordes to visit picture-perfect lavender fields in the quiet of the Provencal countryside. Nearby Sénanque Abbey is still home to Cistercian monks who tend honey bees and grow lavender, and its serene, curving walls are surrounded by lush lavender fields. On your return to Gordes, stop at Les Bories restaurant. With its Michelin starred menu and exquisite wine list, you can enjoy the most refined flavours of Provence.

For fresh local ingredients, the Tuesday morning market in Gordes is not to be missed. Pick up organic honey, aromatic soaps and soft linens or choose a local wine to take home. For fine dining, Gordes has plenty of options with superb cuisine on offer at its numerous elegant restaurants.

Top Tip from SLH

Shop for tasty cheeses, local meats and fresh bread at the Tuesday market, then take your picnic to nearby Murs for stunning views back over Gordes.