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 guest accommodation.

Other Attractions of the District

  • Prehistoric 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, Cazals, Soulliac, St. Chamarand, Autoire, Domme, etc.
  • 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 - Cénevières.

Some local web addresses
The Quercy 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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