Gourdon

Gourdon is a tiny village perched on top of a 500 meter (1640 ft) cliff -- a near vertical drop to the Loup river below. There is a Château that evolved from a Saracen fortress dating back to the 9th Century; in its present form, it was built in the 13th Century and fully restored in the 17th Century. The village houses are quite old, but for the most part in beautiful condition and nicely maintained. Most people come to Gourdon for the view one has from the village: a panorama that encompasses some 50 kilometers (31 miles) of Mediterranean coastline. There are many shops in Gourdon; most sell soaps and perfumes made locally or wares produced by resident artists.

The photos on this page were taken on August 4, 2001


Village map

This tile map of Gourdon shows how small the village is


Gourdon seen from the access road

View of Gourdon from the Châteauneuf-de-Grasse access road


The Chateau

The Château


Grande Rue

Grande Rue


Rue du Verger

Rue du Verger


The "Mairie" (Town Hall)

The "Mairie" (Town Hall)


Place Victoria

Place Victoria, named after Queen Victoria who visited Gourdon in 1891


View from the Place Victoria

The view from the Place Victoria is superb!


Perfume industry remnants

Antique reminders that perfume is one of the area's main industries


Vilage house

Well decorated village house


Rue de l"écoke

Rue de l'école


Store

There are many stores catering to the tourists


Nooks and crannies

Nooks and crannies


Le nid d'aigle (Eagle's nest)

Le Nid d'Aigle (The Eagle's Nest): the food matches the view!


Main Street

The other end of the "Grande Rue"


Village house

Village House



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