Day Three: Bonnieux to Gordes, 12 miles
Throw a baguette in your back pocket and begin the ride out of Bonnieux and towards Gordes. Fields of lavender will transition to olive groves and vineyards. Almonds used to be this area’s main export but now olive oil is its chief agricultural export. The ride today is short, so add in a few loops around the farms and up into the hills if you have the legs to go exploring.
The city of Gordes was originally part of the Roman Empire and remnants of its Roman past can still be see throughout town. Not to be missed is the Sénanque Abbey, with its decidedly Romanesque architecture. Also of note is the castle located in the middle of town, which was finished in the Renaissance style.
Stay the night at Le Ferme de la Huppa, a farmhouse that has been converted into a charming and comfortable inn. The stylish rooms, well-tended gardens, and pool are all nice, but this inn’s true highlight is its outstanding restaurant. Plan to have dinner here if you can.
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