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itting elegantly on

the edge of a plateau

in the fashionable

Luberon valley of

Provençe, Gordes has

long been a magnet for both

artists and celebrities. This is

the area that Peter Mayle made

GORDES

PROVENÇE-ALPES-COTE D'AZUR

famous during the 1990s with

his bestselling book, A Year

In Provençe, and Gordes is

especially charming with its

tall stone houses rising up in a

spiral towards the church and

the castle that overlook the

timeless plains and valleys.

The tiny streets reveal

beautiful old doorways and

arcades and wonderfully

preserved stonework, also

delicious epiceries and a dozen

restaurants - plus a market

every Tuesday. Buyers love

the slow, sun-drenched life of

Provençe, with its villages that

remain unchanged in centuries,

and superb food and wine.

The canton of Gordes is

in the Vaucluse département

within the Provençe-Alpes-Cote

d'Azur region, where the average

property price is €291,700.

Although this drops inland - it's

around €220,000 for the Vaucluse - Gordes

is a sought-after

location and naturally commands a premium,

and you

won't find a house for much

less than €500,000, unless you

look at hamlets nearby.

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