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Explore Gordes: A Gem of Provence’s Lavender Region

Gordes village in France

The Provence region of France is celebrated for its sunshine, rich history, and gorgeous fields of lavender. Many devotees of Provence consider the hilltop village of Gordes—which is located roughly 30 miles from Avignon—to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire region. Gordes is home to cobblestone avenues that lead to a towering castle, an artisanal market, and an annual festival that celebrates the fragrant fields of lavender surrounding one of the loveliest hilltop villages in all of France.

A fascinating view of the sunrise in Gordes, France

A fascinating view of the sunrise in Gordes, France
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Located in the center of the village, Château de Gordes is a distinctive castle that features a seamless blend of medieval and Renaissance-era architecture. Originally founded in 1031, Château de Gordes underwent major renovations in the 1500s. The grand highlights of Château de Gordes include a stunning spiral staircase, an ornate carved fireplace, and a series of large windows that allow natural light to illuminate the castle. The château also serves as an art gallery that hosts rotating exhibits, such as the work of photographer Hans Silvester.

French medieval town in Provence - Gordes. Beautiful panoramic view on medieval town Gordes. Old street of Gordes, a small typical town in Provence, France

French medieval town in Provence – Gordes. Beautiful panoramic view on medieval town Gordes. Old street of Gordes, a small typical town in Provence, France
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The best day of the week to visit Château de Gordes is Tuesday, so that you can explore the Gordes Market. The market is located near the fountain at the entrance of Château de Gordes. The Gordes Market sells artisanal goods such as soap, jewelry, and fabric. Visitors can also purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, delectable cheese, and fresh olive oil. If you pick up a jar of ridiculously delicious, locally-produced pesto truffle spread, you might have to book a return trip to France just to purchase a second bottle at the Gordes Market.

Abbey of Senanque and blooming rows lavender flowers on sunset. Gordes, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France, Europe.

Abbey of Senanque and blooming rows lavender flowers on sunset. Gordes, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Gordes is famously home to flowing fields of lavender that have been used to produce soap, perfume, and herbal remedies since the 16th century. The Lavender Museum—which is located about 10 minutes outside of Gordes—celebrates one of the world’s most versatile and fragrant plants. Situated in a stone farmhouse that is surrounded by fields of lavender, the museum features numerous exhibits…

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