Perched village, Gourdon

Gourdon is the archetype of a perched village, sitting like an eagle’s nest at the end of a rocky spur, enjoying a truly exceptional panoramic view over more than 80 kilometers of Cote d’Azur coastline. It sits 360 meters up from Pont-du-Loup and is rated as one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ and well deserves the title.

We like to visit Gourdon in 2 different ways.  We sometimes visit the tiny village and just wander along the narrow alleys – you will see one of them below, where 2 people can barely fit side-by-side (always a good pic of your friends). If you are in the village, I recommend trying the thyme ice cream at Le Glacier de Gourdon – I have never found this flavor anywhere else and it is SO refreshing in the summer.

The other way we enjoy this area is having a picnic in one the hills overlooking Gourdon, as you can see in one of the pictures. It is so stunning to see this village, the hills below and the Mediterranean on the horizon.  France is great for being able to just stop at a local market and pick up fresh bread, cheese, charcuterie, olives, tapenade and some rose’ to make a lovely picnic.

 picnic over Gourdonview from Gourdon