Located to the West of the Luberon National Park, the village of Gordes has been designated ‘one of the 100 most beautiful villages of France’ and it’s easy to understand why. Set atop a dramatic rocky ridge, Gordes dominates the surrounding countryside with an impressive 16th century cathedral and spectacular views. Below is the Abbey de la Senaque, a beautiful old Cistercian abbey bathed in lavender fields where monks still produce their secret liquor and cultivate honey. The village of Gordes is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, bustling with local life and some excellent gourmet restaurants. Driving deeper into the Luberon you come to the sheer red rocks of Rouissillon, the village of Goult named after the family who built the big castle, and Cabrières-d'Avignon, a picturesque village where you can still find traditional peasant houses or "bories" some of which have been converted into sumptuous private properties available for holiday rental.