The iconic village of Gordes in southeastern France, nestled in the foothills of Les Monts de Vaucluse, overlooking the Luberon Valley is one of the most popular villages in Provence. It is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, a distinction given to approximately 100 villages to promote tourism in rural France. It was the home of Marc Chagall and other famous artists, and in the past has been the site of numerous movies and TV shows, which have added to its popularity. Today, it is a trendy spot for visitors from all over the globe.
Surrounded by lavender fields and vineyards, this beautiful village has much to offer from shops, restaurants, churches, weekly markets and much more. I love wandering through the winding, narrow streets and taking photos.
Summer is the busiest time to visit Gordes; the villages is packed with tourists and the heat is intense. However, autumn is a perfect time to visit, the village is quiet and mostly empty. In addition, the weather is usually nice in the autumn months. When we were there is was perfect, mid 70s and bright, blue skies.
The restaurant in the main square was used in the movie A Good Year, and is quite overpriced. However, the location is lovely so do stop in for an aperitif.
There are many excellent restaurants off the square, so wander around the village first before picking a place to eat.
You’ll need a rental car to get to Gordes. Parking is limited in the village on market days and in the summer months, but there is a visitor parking lot just outside the village.
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