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Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur

Lying 40 km east of Avignon and 100 km from Marseille, the hill village of Gordes can be seen from a winding road lined with dry-stone walls. Built on the southern slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse facing the Luberon Mountain, this municipality of 2,000 inhabitants, has an exceptional heritage of stone buildings. Cave houses, constructions built up the rock face, small terraced gardens, a multitude of "calades" (the word in Provencal for streets paved with stones which have been laid edgewise) and vaulted passageways, characterise the historic centre. It is dominated by a church, originally of Romanesque style which was rebuilt in the 18th century, and a Renaissance castle with its Gallo-Roman foundations, where the town hall and the museum of the contemporary Flemish painter, Pol Mara may be found.

From the 17th to the 19th century, wool carding and weaving, leather tanning and shoe-making, as well as flour-milling, helped make the reputation of Gordes.Today, classified among "Les villages les plus beaux de France", Gordes is an important tourist destination. Every year, a variety of renowned cultural events are organised there which attract a great many artists and celebrities.

The municipality of Gordes lies in the Luberon Natural Regional Park. The Park's Charter aims to promote integrated tourism with a view to sustainable development. Currently, a number of projects are being managed by the town council of Gordes, among which:

- The renaissance of the Bories Village: an ensemble presenting the typical dry-stone buildings used for a variety of agricultural purposes and, less often, as temporary accommodation, is being revived after having been abandoned for almost a century and following 25 years of work.

- The renovation of the new Town Hall and the establishment of a media library in the former hospital, built during the 18th century.