Overlooking the Louberon National Park is one of the most beautiful villages in France. The Gordes hosts narrow streets, pastel buildings and a weekly market that is becoming more and more popular since the year.
After a few days exploring Provence, I arrived at Gordi on Tuesday morning. I designed a day trip to Gordes from Avignon and, right after your arrival, reached the famous market line.
Built around the foothills of the castle, it is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs or try your way through the village.
Are you ready to discover a perfect French city? Here are my tips for visiting the village of Gordes and the market!
You will need a car to escape from the Gordes area and the Provence region, but the hive is unlikely. We recommend that you download a Google map without linking the route you drive to Gordes.
Helpful Hint: One thing to remember is parking. Parking is limited and the streets are narrow and pedestrianized.
If you are planning to visit the market Tuesday, be sure to wait a lot of traffic and people (which you should avoid as you walk through the tiny streets). Fortunately, there are many parking spaces that you can use. I arrived at about 10am. and I found a point that was about 10 minutes walk from the city center.
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The Gordes market
The market is one of the most important points of the Gordes visit. It is open from 8am until 1 pm every Tuesday throughout the year, but you'll want to get there early to avoid crowds.
What should I buy
- Local cheese
- Fresh products
- Herbs and spices (grab some herbs de Provence!)
- Olive oil
- Local Foie Gras
- Obvious Whites
- Dried Chili
- Local art
- Soap from Marseilles
Helpful Hint: Bring Cash For Sellers!
Where to eat at Gordes
Unless you fill all the goodies on the market, there are many cute coffee and amazing gourmet restaurants all over town. I got a simple French breakfast with truffle oatmeat with salad and coffee in the city center at L 'Estaminet.
There is better coffee in Gordes, but I wanted a quick bite – and the omelet was not disappointed! I sat out in their yard and watched the locals make their weekly shopping on the market.
Where to Stay in Gordes
La Bastide de Gordes Hotel is at the top of my dream list. I was only in Gordi for the day, so I stopped for a drink on their porch. I suggest that you come here for afternoon tea or a cocktail to admire the property and the view.
The view from the terrace is stunning, and the hotel is really nice if you can leave time for a stay. I will definitely plan a trip back where I will get a chance!
What to do in Gordy
Point of view: If you visit Gord for the day like me, we recommend that you get to the viewing angle before you leave. Referred to as "Town View Point Gordes" on Google Maps, there are parking lots and fantastic views over the valley and the hill village.
Lavender Fields: Just outside Gordes is the Sénanque Monastery. If you visit the era of lavender, it is one of the top spots to see the lavender virtual French fields.
Chateau de Gordes: Originally built in 1031, the castle is one of the oldest in France. EUR 7 will take you and the monument is closed on Sundays.
Gordes is an experience that is nothing but a perfect stop for a road trip to the French countryside. With a market that can not be hit, you will want to spend at least two days walking through the endless streets.
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