Wow! Just wow. The French village of Gordes is a truly stunning town and one of the jewels of the Luberon region of Southern France, which is a considerable compliment given the competition. One can’t help but use the word citadel to describe the city of rock built on – perched on – this mountainside. It runs in terraces down the slope of the hill and seems to keep vigil on the fields and farms stretched out below us.
We set off from Avignon one chilly January morning to visit this magical town.
Gordes has a worldwide reputation due to its undeniable beauty and its famous inhabitants which include movie stars and artists, such as André Lhote, Marc Chagall, Jean Deyrolle, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara. The narrow labyrthinth of cobblestone streets are dotted with restaurants and cafes, from simple to refined. Each Tuesday morning,the village square hosts a market where you can stock up on the best local produce, crafts and fabrics.
A lovely church and a 12th-century fortified castle dominate the French village of Gordes. It’s hard to believe that in World War II much of the village was destroyed and the populace massacred. The whole village was awarded the Croix de Guerre medal.