Welcome to the Village des Bories

A mineral world to discover…

Before being known as the Village des Bories, this hamlet 270m above sea level near Gordes, was called "Les Cabanes". Without a cemetery and church, this hamlet is typical of temporary settlements which, in Mediterranean countries, doubled the size of permanent villages and was linked to seasonal agricultural work.

Monument Historique et Musée d’habitat rural

Historical Monument and Museum of Rural Lifel

A unique site that invites you to travel through time.

4 kilometres from the village of Gordes, on the slopes of the Vaucluse Mountains, facing the Luberon, the village of Bories (curious constructions made from dry stones), built at the beginning of the 17th century is evidence of the exceptional quality of the ancestral art of building and know-how in the stacking of stones, that has since disappeared.

In the struggle to find new land for farming during the 17th and 18th centuries, the thousands of tons of stones extracted from the ground to make room for crops changed the face of the countryside with the appearance of clapas (piles of stones extracted from the ground), walls, enclosures, restanques or terraces, and stone cabins.

The village
The story
The Country of Gordes

Visitor reviews

What our visitors think


Very well preserved village. Traces well the history and the life of a population which lived in complete autarky. Impressive dry stone constructions. It's a must see place

Philippe CERVERA

Incredible and essential to immerse yourself in the history of our ancestors and in splendidly reconstructed constructions.

Thank you for your reviews !

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