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GORDES

Gordes is renowned as one of the most beautiful hill top villages in France. Strict laws prevent any unsightly development leaving its historic white stone buildings rooted into the sharp cliffs of the mountain, a truly awesome sight. A labyrinth of 'calades' (narrow cobblestone streets) provide plenty of interest for those wishing to quietly amble. An ideal base for the exploration of the nearby villages of Lacoste, Menerbes, Roussillon and Bonnieux.

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WINETASTING

'A day without wine is a day without sunshine' is an old saying in France. The Vaucluse has an abundance of both. The wines produced here are world famous - Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise. There are numerous vineyards, chauteaux, wine cellars, vintner museums and oenology classes for those who want to delve into the wines of the area.

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ANTIQUES

Nearby L'Isle Sur La Sorgue is known as the antiques capital of France (after Paris). It is also known as 'Little Venice' due to its winding canals and watermills. It is home to over 160 dealers. On Sundays, the number swells with the arrival of various street market antique and brocante stalls. A favourite Sunday morning is a coffee and the newspapers in the Café de France in the village square with the antiques market and weekly produce market bustling all around you.

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OUTDOOR SPORTS

There is no lack of activities for those of a more energetic bent. World class golf and tennis at the Provence Country Club, canoeing on the river Sorgue, hiking in the canyons and gorges around Gordes. Also cycling including the famously challenging tour de France leg up Mont Ventoux if you are feeling fit!

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THE MEDITERRANEAN

The beautiful ancient fishing port of Cassis on the Mediterranean can be reached in under an hour - well worth a trip to one of its fish markets or to eat in a restaurant overlooking the port. Boats are available in Cassis for visiting the calanques (Provencal fiords).

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THE CAMARGUE

The Camargue with its salty marshes, white horses and pink flamingos has been designated as a botanical and zoological nature reserve and is an easy day trip from Les Rapieres . Horse riding and jeep safaris can easily be arranged.

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MARKETS

Provencal markets are world famous and are considered to be the best in France. The marches in France are generally open-air farmers markets where locals shop for vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meat and poultry, spices and much, much more. You will find a nearby local farmers market almost every day of the week in different villages around Gordes. A Sunday morning at this market should be ended with a glass of champagne and a plate of oysters at the shabby station bar overlooking the market stalls.

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And the rest…..

The Abbey de Senaque, lavender museum, corkscrew museum, village de Bories are examples of the dozens of other activities and sights that are locally available. Within an hours drive you can visit the Roman ruins in Orange and Arles visit historical Avignon or enjoy the view from Mont Ventoux. Keep an eye out for an outdoor screening of a French art house movie in one of the local villages!

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Les Rapieres
...gondolas in L'Isle Sur La Sorgue

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Local activities in Gordes and nearby area in Provence

The diversity of activities in the Luberon is legendary. Ambling around the markets, wine tasting and antique hunting are perfect for those with a more leisurely bent. Golf, tennis, canoeing, hiking and cycling are all available for the more energetic. After ten years of family holidays in Gordes we have yet to complete them all, usually being too busy lying by the pool, eating, drinking and having fun.

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