Gourdon is a modest sized town of about 5,000 people with every facility you could
want. It has a main line railway station, umpteen banks and coiffeurs and
four foie gras shops, and
four supermarkets. Gourdon stands on a high bluff so that it makes an
impressive landscape feature. It has a medieval core of narrow streets.
Various concerts and similar attractions are organised in the summer. Gourdon
is described as the capital of the Bouriane. This
is part of the larger district known as Quercy,
which includes all the department of the Lot and much
of the Tarn and Garonne . For
further information please visit the Gourdon Tourism Office web site, here.
Walking - There is an intricate web of chemins
through the woods and fields. You can walk for many miles in un-modernised
countryside, meeting perhaps no more than a farmer or his wife with their
flock of sheep and goats. Even the tarred roads are no wider than tracks.
Maps of the local paths are prepared as separate sheets in a folder in the
Other Attractions of the District
Cave Paintings and
the Caves - We are within easy reach of Caves of Cougnac (5kms.), Pech Merle, Les Eyzies, Padirac.
- Landscape and
Towns - Rocamadour - very impressive medieval pilgrimage
centre built into a cliff. Sarlat - beautiful and romantic medieval town.
St. Cirq de Lapopie
impressively sited on the Lot
- The limestone
gorges of the Célé, and the Lot
are worth a visit.
- Wine - The river Lot below Cahors is bordered with acres of vineyards producing
the black-red wines of Cahors. There are also
numerous other attractive villages and towns, Les Arques,
St. Chamarand, Autoire,
- Lakes and Rivers
- These offer the chance of swimming and canoeing. Gourdon has its own plan
d'eau. The Dordogne
has excellent canoeing.
- Chateaux -
There are many. Those on the Dordogne are
spectacularly sited. Most are medieval. Beynac
- Castelnaud - Biron
- Bonaguil - Fénelon
Some local web addresses
district - the Quercy Portal, with links to
the history, commerce, useful background information to the region.
Tourism in Quercy - specifically about tourism, and places
of interest in Quercy.
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