"Fabulous views...Fabulous food"
Gordes is pretty, it's worth visiting, it's conveniently located...it's almost overrun by tourists, and it's HYPER-EXPENSIVE. I used to live in Italy, in the countryside north of Rome, and felt only déjà-vu on my arrival in Gordes...as in "already been there, done that, over it". However, Gordes just happens to be in the Luberon district of Provence, in France (and yes, Lorelei, France is in Europe! ;-). That means paté instead of pasta, lavender galore instead of horse flies, fine local wine instead of peasanty, knock-you-on-the-floor Italian table wine. The views from Le Mas des Romarins are superlative...you have the medieval village on the hill directly opposite (a 10 minute walk away from hotel along scenic road)...affording a magnificent sight in morning at breakfast (indoors or in the garden), in the afternoon (from the nice pool), or in the evening at sunset (while dining on truly outstanding gourmet food in the hotel). Imagine parts of Puglia, northern Lazio, Umbria, and parts of Tuscany...but better organized. The owner-operators, Alexandre and Laetitia, are nice, relaxed, helpful, patient, perfectly bilingual in French and English (fortunately for the many American, English, German, and Japanese guests present during my stay), and indefatigable. They -- and what seemed every other establishment in the Gordes area -- are overwhelmed by the hard work imposed by summer crowds. Some of the restaurants in the village are very good, others less so. Follow your intuition!
Traveller from Spain