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Gordes is amongst one of the most beautiful villages in France. Gordes with its narrow cobbled streets and its XIth century castle firmly planted in the heart of the town. The castke hosts the Town Hall and Pol Mara Museum.
While in Gordes, you must visit the Bories village, with its curious igloo-shaped structures made of stones, the Sénanque Abbey, the Bouillons oil press and the cellars of St Firmin's s Palace, as well as Mont Ventoux, Colorado de Rustrel, Oppède le Vieux and the Luberon national park, just to name a few.
Saumane de Vaucluse is a typical peaceful Provencal hill top village with narrow streets, fountains, typical, beautiful stone-built houses facing the Lubéron, situated between Isle sur la Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse, dominating the valley of the river Sorgue and offering magnificent views over the plains with pine and olive trees and mediterranean aromas. There are remains of the former ramparts as well as the keep from the ancient "castrum Salmana" which dates back to the 12th century. Right at the top of the village there is a dominating fortress 15th century castle which in former times once belonged to the uncle of the Marquis de Sade and is still privately owned. Don't leave Saumane without visiting "La Crémade", the small archeology Museum and the santon-maker next door who makes the superb figures for provencal nativity scenes.
Visit the Isle sur la Sorgue which is set amongst canals, a small Venice in the South and the place for artists and poets attracted by the richness of its cultural heritage. A stronghold of antique sellers, the Isle sur la Sorgue draws in art lovers, collectors and tourists from all over the world searching for incomparable decorative or second hand objects of art.