Our final hilltop town of the day was Gordes. Due to its reputation for attracting tourists we had left it until last so we would be able to have a relatively quiet visit. It turned out to be a lovely way to end the day. The approach up to it was from the other side of a small valley so the overall view was extremely impressive.
Once we had paid the 4 euro parking fee we walked up the main street to the town square. The dominant building was a fortified château tower.
Karen procured a walking tour map in the Tourist Information Centre. The walk moved away from the town square, through a small tunnel and started to go back down the other side of the town.
As we reached the bottom of the town
we had an excellent view across the surrounding countryside.
From there the walk continued in an anti clockwise direction back up to the town square.
We browsed in a few of the shops and galleries then decided to have a drink.
The Centaure Romaine had a really good view over the side of the valley we had approached Gordes from. Even better they had a cute little balcony suspended over the buildings on the hill slope. Fortunately for us a French couple was just leaving and offered us their table. Given the balcony only held about four tables we jumped at the offer. It was a great place for Karen to have a soft drink and for me to engage in beer o’clock. Our backdrop was the rooftop garden of the ***** Hotel La Bastide de Gordes.
The 180 degree view was excellent too.
It was even worth the extra 1€ per drink extra to be on their balcony!
We made our way back down the hill to our car and headed back to our base in Arles, well satisfied with our day tour of some of the best hilltop towns and villages in France.
By the way here’s a photo to show you that we were in one of the prime spots in Gordes for our late afternoon drinks.