Gordes is a gorgeous town in Luberon, Provence, and probably one of the most well-preserved in the region. The small streets are a real pleasure to walk through, but the best part of Gordes is undoubtedly watching the sun set of the village's stone houses.
The last stronghold of Lavender I saw in mid-August. A framework reminiscent of another era. You can visit, paying in advance. On the website there is all the information. It is a short drive from Gordes. There is a road to go and another to return - very narrow. It's a nice walk and at the end, there's this postcard!
While walking, I took a detour to the village of Gordes where I could admire the castle. Gordes Castle was built in the eleventh century, then rebuilt in the 16th, which explains why you'll find both Renaissance and Middle Ages architecture mixed together. The mixture is really quite charming and surprising. I was particularly impressed by the south facade, with its sundial, where medieval watchtowers and windows mingle with mullions and crosspieces of the Renaissance.
It's few remains, from the twelfth century, once dedicated to the Virgin, what is today San Fermin. Rebuilt in the eighteenth century, it has a highly revered shrine around it, St. Eloi, dedicated to blacksmiths and locksmiths, and St. Crispin is dedicated to the shoemakers. A small wooden door under the bell tower gave access to the old prison.
Gordes has as a point of interest: an imposing castle-palace, the church of San Fermin and the Caves du Palais Saint Firmin, which are cellars or underground passageways that run below the town, called troglodyte caves. Well cataloged, private property, and €6 entry. There's footage on the restoration of the cellars, and a guided tour with audio guide in 10 languages, which can be visited from May to September.