Gourdon, between Quercy and Périgord

Located in the heart of the Lot department, Gourdon is a real gem in the Occitanie region. Known for its exceptional historical and architectural heritage, picturesque landscapes and warm atmosphere, Gourdon is an ideal destination for lovers of history, nature and gastronomy.

À la Découverte de Gourdon :A Hidden Treasure of the Lot

A town with a medieval past

History and origins

Gourdon’s origins date back to Gallo-Roman times. However, it was in the Middle Ages that it really took off. Thanks to its strategic position on a hill, the town grew up around its fortified castle, which has now disappeared. This elevated position enabled it to play a key role in the region’s defense for centuries.

Architectural heritage

Gourdon’s historic center is a real trip back in time. As you stroll through the cobbled streets, you’ll discover a number of remarkably well-preserved buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The Maison du Sénéchal, with its mullioned windows and sculpted facade, is a typical example of local medieval architecture. The Place des Corniaux is another must-see, lined with half-timbered houses and stone buildings.

The 14th-century church of Saint-Pierre is another architectural gem. Its Gothic façade, colorful stained glass windows and richly decorated interior are well worth a visit. For history buffs, the Musée de Gourdon offers a fascinating insight into local history through a collection of archaeological objects, religious art and historical documents.

Enchanting Nature

Landscapes and Outdoor Activities

Gourdon is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes that invite you to discover and relax. The area is dotted with hiking trails offering panoramic views of the Dordogne valley and surrounding hills. The “Boucle de Gourdon” is one of the most popular hiking routes, allowing you to explore the picturesque countryside and discover unspoilt natural sites.

Cycling enthusiasts will also find plenty to do, with numerous signposted circuits to suit all levels. The surrounding rivers and lakes are ideal for fishing, canoeing and swimming in summer.

Gardens and Green Spaces

Gourdon is also renowned for its gardens and green spaces. The Jardin des Enfeus, close to Saint-Pierre church, is a peaceful place where you can relax among Mediterranean flowers and plants. The Jardin Public, with its shady paths and play areas, is ideal for a family stroll.

A gourmet destination

Local Specialities

Gourdon is a town where gastronomy takes pride of place. The town and surrounding area are famous for their local produce and traditional cuisine. Don’t miss out on local specialties such as foie gras, duck confit, Périgord truffles and walnuts. Gourdon’s markets, especially the one on Saturday mornings, are the perfect opportunity to discover these delicacies and meet local producers.

Events & Festivities

Gourdon is a lively town where many events and festivities punctuate the year. Medieval feasts, concerts, art exhibitions and music festivals attract locals and visitors alike. The Truffle Festival, held every year in January, is a particularly eagerly-awaited event, celebrating this precious black mushroom with tastings, cooking demonstrations and specialist markets.

In conclusion, Gourdon is a destination that seduces with its rich heritage, generous nature and tasty cuisine. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or gourmet in search of new flavors, Gourdon promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Lot.