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Gourdon

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Gourdon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes
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Common Alpes-Maritimes, on a rocky spur at 760 meters above sea level, Gourdon takes place on the heights of the Loup valley, about forty kilometers from Nice and its famous Promenade des Anglais. Ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, the village is located about ten kilometers from the Mediterranean coast, not far from Cipières, Cabris and Grasse, the world capital of perfume.

Located in a strategic position, the village of Gourdon is from its origins an important place of defense. Many remains of this military past can still be admired on site. Populated since the Gallo-Roman era, the territory developed over the centuries, passing from hands to hands.

Full of charm, this city in the south of France continues to attract visitors with its architectural heritage and breathtaking landscapes that offer a panorama spanning over 80 km of the Côte d'Azur. Its specialties and craftsmanship are also famous for its art glass, perfume, soap, honey, nougat and gingerbread.

Geographical information

MunicipalityGourdon
Postcode06620
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Latitude43.7199230 (N 43° 43’ 12”)
Longitude6.9793380 (E 6° 58’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 157m to 1335m
Surface area22.53 km²
Population406 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNice (27 mi, 49 min)
Insee code06068
IntercommunalityCA de Sophia Antipolis
DepartmentAlpes-Maritimes
TerritoryAlps, French Riviera
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Châteauneuf-Grasse5.7 mi (15 min)
Courmes6.7 mi (16 min)
Caussols6.8 mi (16 min)
Opio7 mi (18 min)
Le Bar-sur-Loup7.2 mi (17 min)
Cipières7.3 mi (18 min)
Le Rouret7.9 mi (20 min)
Grasse8.6 mi (22 min)
Gréolières9.4 mi (22 min)
Valbonne9.5 mi (25 min)
Roquefort-les-Pins9.8 mi (25 min)
Mouans-Sartoux10.9 mi (28 min)
Cabris12.2 mi (30 min)
La Roquette-sur-Siagne12.8 mi (34 min)
Peymeinade12.9 mi (32 min)

Things to see and do

While strolling in the village, you will be able to admire the alleys full of animation, the Provençal houses, the fortified gate or the workshops of the numerous artisans still present on the spot. So many buildings that allowed it to be ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France.

12th century feudal building, the castle of Gourdon is a site now listed as a Historical Monument. Former property of the Counts of Provence, it takes place on the remains of a first fortress of the ninth. Open to the public in the 1950s, it now belongs to a family that has closed access to the main home. There are still visible today some remains of the fortress of origin, the stronghold of the twelfth century, and finally the current castle built in the sixteenth century by the Lombard family. It is thus possible to access the medieval museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and especially the classical gardens originally designed by Le Nôtre. Do not miss the Apothecary Garden, which was refurbished in the 1970s with a sundial in the center and a boxwood border inspired by the mosaics of Antiquity.

Gourdon has an impressive religious heritage including the Church of Our Lady, an old chapel of the 12th century became church in the eighteenth century, the chapel of Saint Vincent of the 11th and 12th centuries with frescoes by André Torre, the chapel Saint -Pons restored in the twentieth, or the ruins of the chapel Saint-Ambroise.

If you want to enjoy the surroundings and the sun, you can discover the many marked trails, like the path of Paradise, an old mule track up on Bar-sur-Loup and unveiling the viaduct of the old railway or the GR51. Gourdon is also known for its paragliding sites.

Places of interest

Monuments

Events and festivities

Photos

View of village Gourdon
View of village Gourdon
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Village perched Gourdon
Village perched Gourdon
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Village perched Gourdon
Village perched Gourdon
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Gourdon Landscape
Gourdon Landscape
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Landscape Gourdon
Landscape Gourdon
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View coastline
View coastline
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Gourdon Landscape
Gourdon Landscape
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Landscape Gourdon
Landscape Gourdon
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Village perched Gourdon
Village perched Gourdon
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Village perched Gourdon
Village perched Gourdon
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Spring on Gourdon (© JE)
Spring on Gourdon (© JE)
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Autumn on Gourdon (© JE)
Autumn on Gourdon (© JE)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Weather

Thursday 20 february
Min. 5°C - Max. 15°C
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Friday 21 february
Min. 4°C - Max. 16°C
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Saturday 22 february
Min. 7°C - Max. 16°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rock Climbing in the Loup Gorges – Departing from Gourdon (40 mins. From Grasse)
Sports sensations32 € Gourdon
Canyoning in the “Valley of Wolves” – 50 minutes from Nice, Cannes and Antibes
Sports sensations50 € Tourrettes-sur-Loup (1180 yd)
Aquatic Hike in the Gorges du Loup – 50 kilometres from Nice, Cannes and Antibes
Sports sensations45 € Tourrettes-sur-Loup (3.8 mi)
Caving in the Vallée du Loup - 50 mins from Nice, Cannes, and Antibes
Sports sensations50 € Tourrettes-sur-Loup (3.8 mi)
Perfume Creation Workshop – the Historic Fragonard Factory in Grasse
Arts and Crafts69 € Grasse (5.2 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paradise Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Bar-sur-Loup (1.4 mi)
Heritage itinerary
Village visitEasy1h30Gréolières (5.5 mi)
Les Miroirs hike
HikeEasy2h45Gréolières (5.5 mi)
The Cheiron Itinerary
HikeAthletic5h00Gréolières (5.5 mi)
The Baou des Blancs rock
HikeEasy3h00Vence (6.7 mi)

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