In the heart of the Luberon is Gordes – a village that is regarded as one of the most beautiful in France. In the centre of it sits a magnificent, ancient home on the edge of sheer cliff. Proud and haughty and in place since the sixteenth century, La Bastide looks out over the valley, towards the endless horizon.
Past the old olive trees and majestic cypresses, and beyond the dry stone walls and fragrant hills, the Luberon mountains loom far in the distance. In this exceptional natural environment, Airelles celebrates the ancient Provencal art of living, allowing guests to discover all the beauty of an incredibly rich region.
A haven of peace in the heart of the Luberon.
A time to recharge?
Gordes is known as a haven of peace in the heart of the Luberon, found between ancient pathways that are scented with lavender. In Gordes, guests will discover another side to the charm of Provencal life. There is such joy to be found in this magical part of the world, where the intoxicating songs of the cicadas ring out over the valley, and the views to the horizon are mesmerising. With its unique mix of cultural and natural beauty, Gordes is, without doubt, one of France’s loveliest villages.
A snack to savour ?
La Bastide de Pierres! This authentic, original and family-friendly trattoria transports guests directly to Italy. The trans-Alpine menu is filled with delights that start with table snacks and end with dessert. How to find it set in the historic heart of Gordes, opposite the medieval castle, it is impossible to miss, thanks to its distinctive interior design and cheerful music.
A spot of escapism?
Who doesn’t dream of drifting off into a moment of pure relaxation? The ideal place to do so is the SISLEY spa at La Bastide. Its architecture is breath-taking and the spa itself is set into the rocks, and filled with soothing spaces that allow you to feel a moment of deep peace. Its indoor swimming pool and outdoor treatment cabins offer a unique view of the valley, and the rolling hills of the Luberon.
A memory to treasure?
Gordes is filled with idyllic spots. One of the most extraordinary stands at the entrance to the village, where a sheer cliff edge offers visitors the chance to take in breath-taking views. Standing here, high above the hills while breathing in the clean air, will give you the impression that you are flying – particularly given you can see miles into the distance. An extraordinary sight that is designed to be photographed!
A monument to admire?
Amid all the excitement and pleasure that comes from summer in the South of France, there are some culturally fascinating religious sites to visit – and one in particular is few minutes from the village: Notre Dame de Sénanque Abbey. Here, visitors can understand more about ancient monastic traditions and the daily lives of the community of Cistercian monks, living according to the custom of Saint Benedict. For anyone fascinated by religious history, the abbey will prove an absorbing escape.
Voila! A Provencal destination filled with all manner of delights. Thanks to its historical, cultural and culinary pleasures, Gordes offers everything you need for a wonderful holiday. How exactly you fill your days is up to you…
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