About Gordes


As have many of the hill villages of the Luberon, Gordes has become a haven for writers, artists and other creative luminaries. As you spend your days here, you’ll discover why they come.

The town perches on the edge of the plateau that rises to the mountains of the Vaucluse in the northwestern part of the Luberon. Its gray-stone houses and walls spiral around the outcrop of rock on which the village clings. At the very top is the the castle which contains the city hall and a museum that houses the work of Pol Para, a Flemish contemporary painter.

Shops, restaurants, markets and galeries grace the cobbled streets that radiate from the fountain under the castle. Gordes has been designated “un de Les Plus Beaux Villages de France,” one of the most beautiful villages in France. But it hasn’t always been so. During World War II, there was a great deal of resistance activity centered in the Vaucluse. As a result, the population of Gordes suffered severely at the hands of its occupiers, as did the village physically. It has since been, and continues to be, lovingly restored. It is a community in progress, respectful of its past, vibrant today, and committed to a vital future.