This route sees you meandering along quiet country roads and farm tracks, before descending to the floor of the Sènancole Gorge. After a short, steep climb you will work your way along some quiet back roads before returning to the village. This shorter walk will allow you to maximize the time you have to explore the village of Gordes itself.
This walk involves some short steep climbs, but the views across Gordes are wonderful. The walking is mostly on quiet tarmac roads, or forest tracks, with a section down into the gorge on a steep rocky path. The route is clearly marked most of the way, and there are a couple of options you may wish to take advantage of, detailed later in the document. Underfoot conditions are good throughout, with some rocky sections either side of the gorge.
Safety informationAt the start of today's walk there are sections of road walking. Take good care, particularly when walking around bends in the road, to avoid passing traffic.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
As today is a short walk, you may prefer to make an early start and arrive back into Gordes in time for lunch. Otherwise, why not pick up a sandwhich at the boulangerie to take with you on your walk. There are no facilities along the way. We recommend always starting your day carrying at least 2 litres of water per person per day, and maybe even more on particulalry warm or longs days. Provence can become very hot and it is important to stay hydrated.
Points of Interest
Chateau de Gordes
This Castle was rebuilt in 1525 and already existed in 1031. This well-restored and preserved building combines architecture from the troubled Middles Ages and the Renaissance era. The monumental fireplace that decorates the Hall of Honour was classified historical monument in 1902, as was the rest of the castle in 1931. There is a small entrance fee. More details can be found at the Tourist Information Office at the castle entrance.
Les Caves du Palais Saint Firmin (Gordes)
The cellars of Saint-Firmin Palace, which boast a variety of artistic features, provide evidence of life in Gordes from the Middle Ages onwards, and offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of this mysterious, semi-troglodyte world. Moving from room to room, visitors will learn all about the history of the place and the know-how associated with the oil production process. Self-guided visit with audio-guide in several languages. There is a small entrance fee.
More details can be found at http://caves-saint-firmin.com/
Les Village des Bories
Set in the countryside just outside Gordes, the Village of Bories is a mysterious, eerily beautiful cluster of several dozen dry-stone huts restored to display a traditional rural way of life. Bories, also referred to locally as Gallic huts, are built from dry stone walls, without the use of mortar. Usually to be found singly, and used for shelter or storage, this particular site is unusual in that 20 or so of these constructions stand together in the forming a small community. Dating back to the 7th century, The Bories Village was abandoned around 150 years ago as farming practices changed. It was restored between 1969 and 1976, stands today as it did when the last inhabitants abandoned it. It is a short detour from the documented walk, and clearly indicated in the notes. There is a small entrance fee, and there are toilet facilities as well as light refreshments (no café however).
More details (in French) can be found here. http://levillagedesbories.com/ Extensive literature in English, alongside all other details can be found in the Tourist Information Office in Gordes, at the castle entrance.