If you are looking for a typical French village experience, a villa holiday in the hilltop village of Gordes and its surroundings may be just what you’re after. Situated on the edge of the Lubéron Natural Park, Gordes offers sweeping views of Provence (link) and has been officially named one of the most beautiful villages in France. For such a small area, Gordes has a surprising number of attractions. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and alleyways and discover the historical wonders of Gordes Castle completed in 1031, the colourful Église Saint Firmin rebuilt in the 18th century and the Cellars of the Palais Saint Firmin, a fascinating underground system of ancient cellars and caves that once housed everything from workshops to oil mills.
The weekly market is another highlight here, where you can stock up on delicious local goodies to cook back at your villa. Just outside Gordes is the Abbey of Sénanque, which has become a symbol of Provence. Bathed in lavender fields, it is still occupied by Cistercian monks but tourists may visit the church, chapter house, dormitory, and cloister. Home to a wide variety of animal and plant species, the unspoilt surrounding Lubéron region showcases exquisite natural beauty, with many trails for hiking and mountain-biking. Renting a villa in Gordes allows you to experience this peaceful region of France at your own pace. Peruse our incredible selection of Provence villas and find yourself an indulgent countryside retreat with your very own private pool.