Gordes in the Provence

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Gordes (Occitan: Gòrda) is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. The territory of Gordes occupies some of “Les Monts de Vaucluse“, a group of mountains and hills, part in the valley of the Calavon (a local river) also called the “Luberon Valley”. Gordes is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“the most beautiful villages of France”).

The main access to the village of Gordes is the departmental road D2 then the departmental road D15, coming from Cavaillon. It is from the latter road, below the Bel-Air rock, that you can observe the most famous and photographed point of view of the village. Gordes is located 38 kilometres east from Avignon and its TGV station, 75 kilometres from the Marseille Provence international airport and 87 kilometres from Marseille. The closest “gares SNCF” (normal train station) are located in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Cavaillon.

All new buildings in Gordes are made of stone with terracotta roof tiles. No fences are allowed, only stone walls. All electrical and telephone cables are underground, except in some pre-existing installations on the borders of the commune. Some streets inside the village are paved with stone and are called calades.

Sénanque Abbey © EmDee/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sénanque Abbey © Guillaume 1995 Gordes Castle and the market © Suwannee.payne/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Georges Seguin/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Georges Seguin/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Jackie McLelland/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Mathieu BROSSAIS/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Reinhard Kraasch/cc-by-sa-4.0-de
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Gordes Castle and the market © Suwannee.payne/cc-by-sa-3.0
As in many villages in the Vaucluse department, agriculture is important. Historically, almond trees were the most planted in the area, and though they are still present, olive trees have largely replaced them. Thus olive oil is important to local commerce. You can also find vineyards, with the production of table grapes or wine in AOC Ventoux.

Tourism is a major part of the local economy of Gordes. Accommodating the tourist trade, there are a number hotels, bed and breakfasts, seasonal rentals, and restaurants. The main sights on the commune are the village itself, the castle, the Saint-Firmin Palace cellars, the Sénanque Abbey and the Village des Bories. In the surrounding towns, you can find many other tourist locations like the Fontaine de Vaucluse, Roussillon or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Luberon area, Avignon or the Mont Ventoux. Gordes also has two centers of relaxation, numerous pools and ponds and miles of hiking trails.

Commercial activity is also important in the Gordes economy with various shops including several shops dedicated to tourists, selling souvenir and regional products (figurines, textiles, olive oil, honey, etc.). Moreover, a Provençal market is held every Tuesday morning around the castle. Gordes also attracts artisans and traders in the real estate business like agents, architects, builders, landscapers, decorators, masons.

Read more on Gordes, The most beautiful villages of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France), Wikivoyage Gordes and Wikipedia Gordes (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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