Fresh Provençal Air, Unreal Views: Gourdon

Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gourdon is by far the most visited on the French Riviera. It is perched high on a mountain with magnificent views overlooking nearby Antibes and Nice. From here, looking out over the glistening Mediterranean, you can glimpse the island of Corsica on clear days.

The village was erected in the 12th century as a Medieval fortress with the beautifully preserved Château de Gourdon castle at its highest point, surrounded by Italian style gardens. Gourdon’s winding pedestrian streets and white stone buildings are home to the studios of local artists and artisans offering a rich variety of artwork, crafts and souvenirs to take home. Place Victoria, Gourdon’s central square, is named after Her Majesty the Queen who visited the village on 19 April 1891.

The incredible view from this square is reason enough to make the trip up the D3 to Gourdon.

 

 

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