Tourisme Gourdon

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Perched on a rocky elevation directly above a cliff, Gourdon has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the coast. Gourdon stretches from the Loup gorges to the Haut Montet mountain range whose summit is one thousand three hundred and thirty-five metres above sea level. The Cavillore plateau to the north and the Malle and Embarnier plateaux and the Gourdon woods to the south are all part of Gourdon. The limestone landscapes harbour a number of protohistoric and ancient sites and there are also traces of pastoral activity. The village was laid out around a castle and dates from the Middle Ages. The church was first mentioned in eleven hundred and fifty-eight. The Gourdon estate passed from family to family, including the de Grasse and de Villeneuve families. From the late 16th century to the early nineteenth century, it was in the hands of the Lombard family, who were also lords of Courmes, Callian, Castellet and marquis of Montauroux. In the nineteenth century, the village, which was mainly a farming community, acquired modern facilities such as threshing floors for wheat, water fountains and wash-houses. The Foulon and Loup canals above the gorges du Loup were also built in the late nineteenth century. The Pont-du-Loup district, several hundred metres below the main town, also came into being at this time with the building of a viaduct on the Nice-Meyrargues railway line. In the early twentieth century, Gourdon became part of the tourist trail in the upper Pays de Grasse mainly because of its location high up on a cliff. This beautiful commune is there to be discovered. Take a walk round the village and enjoy the panoramic view from the terrace before setting off in search of Saint-Vincent chapel, the remains of a twelfth century priory, just outside the village. And finally, make sure you stop at the Saut-du-Loup to listen to the sound of the waterfalls!

Practical information Gourdon

Gourdon Tourist Office
1 Place Victoria
Tel: + 33 (0)811 811 067
Opening times: Open all year round
January/February/March/November/December from 11.15am to 5pm
April/May/June/September/October from 11.15am to 6pm
July/August from 11am to 7pm