Top Choice Church in Gordes & Around

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque

Situated 4km northwest of Gordes off the D177, this supremely peaceful spot provides one of the classic postcard images of this part of Provence: a graceful Cistercian abbey surrounded by swathes of purple lavender.…
Top Choice Forest in Bonnieux

Fôret des Cèdres

In the scrubby hills about 6km south of Bonnieux, a twisty back road slopes up to this wonderful cedar forest, whose spreading boughs provide welcome relief from Provence’s punishing summer heat. Various paths wind …
Top Choice Mine in Rustrel & Around

Colorado Provençal

Discover the vibrant hues of the ochreous mountainsides firsthand along short walking trails in Rustrel’s Colorado Provençal. The savage landscape of red-ochre sand has extraordinary rock formations, like the fiery …
Top Choice Distillery in Le Grand Luberon

Distillerie Les Agnels

This distillery on the edge of Buoux uses locally grown lavender, cypress and rosemary in its products. It also rents three gorgeous self-contained cottages (€1300 to €2000 per week) that share a glorious heated poo…
Museum in Gordes & Around

Musée de la Lavande

To get to grips with Provence’s most prestigious crop, this excellent eco-museum makes an ideal first stop. An audioguide and video (in English) explain the lavender harvest, and giant copper stills reveal extractio…
Farm in St-Saturnin-Lès-Apt & Around

Moulin à Huile Jullien

On the edge of the village, this working olive-oil mill allows you to follow the process from tree to bottle. Delicious honey is also made here. Tastings and mill tours are free.
Architecture in Gordes & Around

Village des Bories

Beehive-shaped bories (stone huts) bespeckle Provence and at the Village des Bories, 4km southwest of Gordes, an entire village of them can be explored. Constructed of slivered limestone, bories were built during th…
Historic Site in St-Saturnin-Lès-Apt & Around

Mines de Bruoux

In Gargas, 7km east of Roussillon, this former mine has more than 40km of underground galleries where ochre was once extracted. Around 650m are open to the public, some of which is as much as 15m high. Visits are on…
Arts Centre in Roussillon

Conservatoire des Ocres et de la Couleur

This art centre is a great place to see ochre in action. Occupying a disused ochre factory on the D104 east of Roussillon, it explores the mineral’s properties through hands-on workshops and guided tours of the fact…
Distillery in Gordes & Around

Moulin des Bouillons

Heading 3.5km south from Gordes along rte de St-Pantaléon (D148), you hit this marvellous rural museum: an olive-oil mill with a 10m-long Gallo-Roman press weighing 7 tonnes – reputedly the world’s oldest. The adjoi…