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World’s most beautiful village with spectacular views and one of Europe’s best markets

A picturesque village known for its stone houses and cobbled streets is home to one of Europe’s best markets. Gordes is a beautiful village located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.

Situated on the southern edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse, the village overlooks the Luberon Valley.

The village is perched on a rocky hill, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields.

Gordes is a popular tourist destination, known for its beauty and charm. It is often listed among the most beautiful villages in France.

It offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to charming bed-and-breakfasts.

Some of the must-visit tourist attractions include Gordes Castle, Senanque Abbey and Village des Bories.

Apart from the breathtaking views and historical richness, the charming village is quite popular for having a wonderful market.

The village hosts regular markets offering local produce, crafts, and antiques. Seasonal festivals celebrate local traditions, cuisine, and music.

One traveller wrote on the TripAdvisor forum: “The weekly market in Gordes (Tuesdays) was one of the best in Provence.

“All of the vendors were friendly and helpful and allowed you to examine items before purchase. We bought a large lavender tablecloth, and the lady unfolded it to full size so that we could see all of it.

“We bought small gifts for home and sampled several types of local cheeses before buying the ones we liked. The entire market was happy, relaxed and uncrowded. Several good restaurants are located right beside the market, including our favourite Les Cuisines de Chateau. The market was a great experience.

“We were staying in Gordes so parking was not a problem for us. My guess is that parking is difficult on market days. By the way, many of the scenes in the film A Good Year were filmed in Gordes. Watch the film before you visit Gordes, and see if you can find these locations.”

A second tourist chimed in: “We have enjoyed the Tuesday morning market in Gordes three times over the past decade. It always makes for a wonderful day.”

Gordes is accessible by car, with the nearest major cities being Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. The area is well-connected by regional roads.

Spring and summer are ideal times to visit, especially during the lavender blooming season, although autumn also offers pleasant weather and fewer crowds.


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