Set out to discover and explore two unique villages, classified amongst “the most
beautiful villages in France” : Gordes and Roussillon.
You’ll adore the exceptional setting of the village of Gordes. Perched 400m up a
hillside, Gordes overlooks the Calavon valley with its church and Renaissance castle
at the top, facing the surrounding hills. You can stroll along the paved streets
where the slope has been transformed into steps, and you’ll discover its tall houses
built straight into the rock, its archeological remains and its wonderful views.
You’ll discover the Notre Dame de Sénanque Abbey, a wonderful example of 12th century
Cistercian art. It’s still used as a monastery and is surrounded by lavender fields.
Roussillon is a little village perched on an ochre cliff (clay earth pigment), surrounded
by spectacular scenery. It is located in the heart of the biggest ochre deposit in
the world. You’ll love its picturesque streets and little village squares, with its
houses in different shades of the rich palette of yellow and red ochres.
On the way back, we’ll stop at the Lavender Museum at Coustellet, where you’ll love
the intoxicating fragrance of the little blue flower which symbolizes Provence.