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Gordes, a Beautiful Hillside Village in the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Michel:

Gordes is a beautiful village in the Luberon region about 1 hour southeast of our home in Sablet. The obviously strategic site where Gordes sits has been occupied since prehistoric times. The stone buildings were built against the base of the cliffs and spiral up around the rock to the top where the chateau was built with a panoramic view over fields and forests and small perched villages.

…Continue reading here for some history on this perched village. Gordes is classified as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, with good reason it enjoys a commanding view of the Luberon Valley. According to Michel, the village is also the #1 tourist attraction in the Luberon, which translates into crowds and traffic jambs in the busiest months of the year.

Must see in Gordes:

The Pol Mara museum located in the old castle
Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (art gallery)
Tuesday morning market
Nearby Bories village
Nearby Sénanque Abbey (Cistercian abbey from the 12th century)

Tourist Info

Luxury stays in Gordes:

Petit Palais d’Aglaé Gordes

La Bastide de Gordes

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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.


  1. April 1, 2017 at 9:13 am — Reply

    We loved visiting Gordes, and especially the nearby Forêt des Cèdres, and the Village des Bories. Thanks for brining us back there today!

    • April 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm — Reply

      Hi David that area near Gordes has many secrets to discover.

  2. April 1, 2017 at 10:57 am — Reply

    One of my favourite towns of Provence!


    • April 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm — Reply

      Yes Gordes is beautiful and if you can get there during a quiet period it is magical.

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