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South of Avignon in the Luberon.    GORDES

Because of its exceptional position and architecture Gordes is listed as being "one of the most beautiful villages of France".
Thousands of tourists visit the village every year and I am sure that it is one of the most photographed villages in France.
Many wealthy movies stars and artists have made their home here giving the village a world wide reputation, and Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence definitely helped this region to become even more popular.
The village is perched on the top of the hill and the church and fortified castle face out onto the hills of the Luberon.
The fortified castle encloses the city hall and the Pol Para museum (Flemish contemporary painter) and the pretty village square at the foot of the castle boasts many charming cafés and restaurants.
You must not miss the famous market on Tuesday mornings where all the local produce can be bought.
The views are incredible and the village can be seen from miles away standing out in the sunshine.
While strolling up and down through the narrow streets you will see many beautiful old doorways, arcades and facades built out of the local stone.
Beyond Gordes on the way to Venasque you will find the fabulous Abbey of Senanque hidden in the green valley. Cistercian monks still live there producing honey, lavender essence, and liqueurs.