Roussillon, Gordes and the Senanque Abbey

If you’re looking for an easy day out from your base in Lourmarin, you can’t go wrong with this itinerary.

Start your day with a visit to the exquisite Abbey de Senanque, a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestled between hills and surrounded by brilliant fields of summer lavender – one of the most iconic places in Provence. If you arrive early (at sunrise) when the lavender is in bloom, you’ll be able to take magnificent photos in what is arguably the best light in the world. And you’ll be able to beat the crowds so you’ll really benefit from the peace and quiet that the resident monks get at this working abbey.

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Perhaps the most iconic lavender image in Provence is of the field in front of Senanque Abbey near Gordes. It is almost impossible not to get a memorable photo here.


Then head to the nearby tiered village of Gordes, which sits spectacularly on the white rock face of the Vaucluse plateau where in the early evenings the village is theatrically lit by the setting sun, turning the stone buildings a shimmering gold. Take your time meandering through the village discovering the myriad market stalls (Wednesdays) or shops offering everything from delicious cheeses and fresh produce to handmade pottery and silk scarves.

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Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is a mecca for lovers of art and culture.


After lunch, take the winding road south towards Roussillon, famed for its distinctive red-ochre coloured hills. This mesmerising hilltop village is a show-stopper. Walk through the picturesque hills along the ochre trails and later explore the lovely village and its many boutiques and galleries.

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Ochre is everywhere in the unique village of Roussillon.


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