What to see and do
Abbaye de Sénanque
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Abbaye de Sénanque), not far from Gordes, is surrounded by lavender fields. Discover this beautiful abbey with its splendid architecture in the breath-taking surroundings of the Sénanque valley.
The abbey dates back to the 12th century and is a prime example of the so-called primitive Cistercian architecture. The monks who live at Sénanque abbey grow lavender and keep honey bees. You can purchase their products from the abbey store.
You can also visit part of the abbey, including its church, cloisters and some of the old halls. The monks adhere to a strict timetable every day and rise as early as ten past four in the morning. Visitors can attend services either in the chapel or the main church.
How to get there.
Sénanque Abbey is set in a valley just to the north of Gordes, close to the D177.
This abbey has very limited opening hours. Individual visitors can view the abbey in the morning between 09:45 and 11:00 without a guide. If you prefer a guided tour as part of a group, several options are available to you. Download this ‘Visitor’s Guide‘ (pdf) or refer to the website for further information to make the most of your visit.
By car from Ferrassières: 52 km, 1 hour 10 min