Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Gordes

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
4.5
About
Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
Popular mentions

4.5
2,381 reviews
Excellent
1,218
Very good
842
Average
227
Poor
68
Terrible
26

goodone_417
Frankfurt, Germany157 contributions
All about lavender
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you are looking for THE perfect spot to get some pictures in a nice lavender area - this is it! Lots of opportunities for those pictures, can really recommend. (can rate the Abbaye itself as we weren‘t inside)
Written August 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sfrank1967
Maisons-Laffitte, France254 contributions
Romantic and relaxing..at certain hours
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Abbaye is nested at the end of a beautiful valley built over time by the Senancol a small river. I wont describe the Abbaye here, my main message of this review is : avoid the crowd if you want to cherish the place. The best is to discover the Abbaye very early in the morning or just before closing in the afternoon or if you can go off season!
For the walkers I would advise to come on foot from Gordes, it’s one of the most beautiful walk with difficulty options.
Written August 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Danny
London, UK11 contributions
Great outside - too cleansed inside
Aug 2020 • Friends
As you approach the abbaye the view of the 800 year old monastery surrounded by rows of lavender in the searing 40 degree Provençal heat is quite something. It’s so sensorial that when you step inside into the fully air conditioned shop selling every book and format of lavender you could possibly imagine you immediately want to leave.

You have to hand it to the 21st century monks. They certainly know how to make money and the range of products on sale is very impressive. As is their use of technology throughout the monastery - using virtual reality tablets to give you a 3D tour through the ages to the present day. It’s all very informative but far too sterile for my liking. I am all for adapting to appeal to younger generations (I’m only early 30s!) but for such an historic site I feel it’s sacrificed too much.

Perhaps just stay outside and let your imagination do the work.
Written August 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Celia B
19 contributions
Nice abbey in a wonderful setting !
May 2020 • Family
As already explained in other reviews, one should not expect to walk freely amongst the lavender fields (for obvious reasons). Still this can be disappointing.

Otherwise, this is a nice abbey in a wonderful setting. Staff was friendly and the tablets were a fun gadget to use. I recommend this place.
Written August 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

VasaBee_and_KingBrad
Geneva, Switzerland26 contributions
Nice but overrated
Jul 2020
We made quite a detour to visit the Abbaye and it’s lavender fields. While it was nice and the setting of the abbey is gorgeous the lavender fields are not extensive and we came away feeling rather underwhelmed. There is a tour of the monastery imaginatively brought to life by a tablet but otherwise not too much to see about life in this place. You cannot walk in the lavender fields which is fair enough but if you are looking for a full blown lavender landscape experience I would try elsewhere.
Written July 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

KVirgils
London, UK58 contributions
A walk Through the folds of Luberon Hills
Feb 2020 • Couples
We started our walk by the Village of the Bories and followed the paths that first led to a overhang that the Resistance has used and then along a deserted valley that led to Senanque. As it was raining hard we went back and drove to the Abbey and began the walk in the other direction! This is the most beautiful views of this Romanesque masterpiece! Take a picnic!
Written February 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mariedesjardins
Prince George, Canada6,218 contributions
Beautiful lavender fields
Jul 2019 • Solo
Tour of Provence from Avignon stopped here to admire the lavender fields. The fields were like rays of violet reaching for miles. Visited in early July.
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MrsKT8
West Malling, UK95 contributions
Peaceful place...
Sep 2019
It was a shame to have missed the lavender in bloom but our fault for visiting too late in the season. Was still picturesque and enjoyed our visit.
Written January 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tribecaNY
NY6 contributions
Bad tempered tour guides
Jun 2019
The abbey itself is mildly interesting but not worth more than 30 mins travel . The tour guides think it is acceptable to loudly scold anyone making any noise near them in spite of their own booming voices ruining any serenity. I can't recommend the place.
Written December 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NeitherStr8NorNarrow
Ontario Canada109 contributions
Brilliantly marketed but not hugely exciting
Oct 2019 • Couples
Not my first visit (that was in 1970) but probably my last. This is now a hugely successful commercial enterprise -- but the magic is gone. Our French language tour was spoiled by the constant noise from other participants, which the guide did nothing to curb. The acoustics in these stone rooms are dreadful, so I stood with à hand literally cupped to my ear in order to decipher the guide's monotone.
This year we visited 2 extraordinary Cistercian abbeys, Fontfroide and Fontenay. This sister community, which now houses only 7 monks, is very modest by comparison. But it's been so brilliantly marketed that it rivals or exceeds them in fame. The setting and exterior are impressive, as are the lavender fields in season. The tour of the small, plain interior was a distinct anti-climax, alas.
Written November 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 534
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

We recommend booking Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 28 Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque tours on Tripadvisor



Restaurants near Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque: View all restaurants near Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque on Tripadvisor