Villages of Provence Part Two: Gordes, Goult, Roussillon

Villages of Provence Part 2: Gordes, Goult, Roussillon

This is part two of a three-part series. Here are parts one and three.

As we move onto part two of this three-part series, we start to explore the Luberon in all its sun-drenched glory. Considered the Tuscany of France, this area of Provence is full of rolling hills, rocky outcrops, hilltop villages, lavender fields, vineyards, and the occasional windmill.

Gordes, France: The "It" Town of the Luberon

As one of the most famous villages in Provence, Gordes is very touristed in the summer.  However since we visited in the winter, we practically had the whole town to ourselves.  It is officially named as one the of the most beautiful towns in France. 

Constructed of mainly white stone, this town is dominated by a chateau at the top dating back to the 10th century which boasts an art museum inside.  Wandering around the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside at every turn. 

 View of Gordes, France

View of Gordes, France

 One of the many narrow cobblestone Streets in Gordes, France

One of the many narrow cobblestone Streets in Gordes, France

 Wandering around the edges of the village and enjoying views of the countryside

Wandering around the edges of the village and enjoying views of the countryside

 The chateau in Gordes

The chateau in Gordes

 Wandering around the edges of the chateau in Gordes

Wandering around the edges of the chateau in Gordes

Goult, France: The Hidden Gem of the Luberon

Probably one of the least known and least touristed of the Luberon villages, Goult was perhaps one of my favourites. With a strong agricultural influence, the village is comprised of houses and a chateau carved out of the hillstone, agricultural terraces, and one of the few fully intact windmills in France.

 Goult is full of stone houses and winding alleys

Goult is full of stone houses and winding alleys

One of the many quirks about this village is their love of their pets. When wandering through the town, keep an eye out for cheeky little signs on people's doors warning of their pets' various personality traits.

Some of my favourites I found were "Chat mêchant et perspicace" (wicked and insightful cat), "Attention chat en psychanalyse" (Warning: cat in psychoanalysis), "Chien lunatique" (Moody dog). There were many more, but sadly I didn't get photos of all of them!

 Goult (along with most other hill towns in the Luberon) is full of friendly cats

Goult (along with most other hill towns in the Luberon) is full of friendly cats

 A courtyard in Goult

A courtyard in Goult

 Heading towards the windmill (Moulin de Jerusalem)

Heading towards the windmill (Moulin de Jerusalem)

My favourite aspect of this town was the Moulin de Jerusalem, a fully intact windmill dating back to the 18th century.

 Delisa basking in the sun by the windmill

Delisa basking in the sun by the windmill

Roussillon, France: The Artist's Palette of the Luberon

Roussillon is considered one of the most impressive villages in France due to its unique colouring and the red cliffs it is built on. All of the buildings in the town are coloured in the reds, oranges and yellows made with the naturally occurring pigments from the surrounding ochre deposits.

While, like Gordes, this is one of the most touristed towns in Provence, we were pretty much the only humans there that day, although there were many cats!

 View of Roussillon

View of Roussillon

 One of the many red cliffs surrounding Roussillon

One of the many red cliffs surrounding Roussillon

 One of the many colourful streets of Roussillon

One of the many colourful streets of Roussillon

 Lovely yellow church in Roussillon

Lovely yellow church in Roussillon

 Another street in Roussillon....notice the cat?

Another street in Roussillon....notice the cat?

So there you have it, two of the most popular villages in Provence and one of the least popular (although definitely worth a visit). Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments and head on over to part three for more awesome villages in the Luberon!

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Villages of Provence Part 2: Gordes, Goult, Roussillon