Gordes holidays, Provence Holiday rentals - villas & holiday homes to rent in Gordes
Gordes is listed as one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" with its narrow cobbled streets (called "Caldes") winding their way through the tall houses that cling on to the rock face and cliffs of this hilltop retreat.
The village is rich in culture and history dating back to the Gallo-Roman days and at its centre stands the impressive castle built in 1301, a reminder of the battles that were won and lost during the religious wars. Today, the castle is partly a museum and art gallery.
|At a glance...|
|Spa & wellness||✔|
|Nearest beach||Le Grau du Roi (90kms)|
|Local airport||Avignon (30km)|
|Nearest major airport||Marseilles (85km)|
|Nearest train station||Cavaillon (Avignon for TGV)|
Gordes is the perfect place to discover and explore Provençal cuisine which is characterised by garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce and above all aromatic herbs. And then there are the local wines where around 80% of the local production is red wine. There are dozens of vineyards in the area and an afternoon touring a few vineyards and sampling the wines is a popular day out.
Gordes sits on top of a hill at an altitude ranging between 110m and 635m which explains why there are so many steps and steep cobbled streets in the village! It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and damp wet winters. During the warm summer months, temperatures can reach into the mid 30s whereas during winter, it can drop below freezing with snow frequently seen on the mountain peaks of the Monts de Vaucluse.
Featured villas in Gordes
Gordes is a hilltop village providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside laced with poppy and lavender fields. Unlike the ochre-coloured buildings in Roussillon, the 2000 inhabitants of Gordes live in stone houses with terracotta roofs. Renting a villa or holiday home in Gordes can be the ideal base for exploring the village and neighbouring towns in Monts du Vaucluse to the north and the 'Petit' Luberon to the south.See all rentals
Things to see and do in Gordes
Gordes and the surrounding area is full of interesting villages, historic cities and countryside to explore.
|A few suggestions...|
|Sénanque Abbey - built in 1148||✔|
|Bories village with dry-stone igloo shaped huts||✔|
|St Firmin's s Palace Cellars||✔|
|Moulines Olive Oil Press - the oldest in France||✔|
|Pol Mara Museum, Gordes castle||✔|
|Wine tasting at the vineyards||✔|
For some rest, relaxation and a little pampering, the Sisley Spa at La Bastide de Gordes is the place to go with 4 pools and various body treatments and massages.
Our view on Gordes
One of the most beautiful fortified villages in Provence, Gordes oozes charm, character and is steeped in history. Easy to get to and perfectly positioned for exploring the rest of the Luberon, Gordes is not to be missed. And, staying in one of the stone, terracotta roofed holiday rentals makes your experience of Gordes even more magical.