There it is, balanced on a precipitous cliff – one of the most fabulous and picturesque Riviera villages.
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 coastline from Theoule sur mer and Nice.
It is not strange to the medieval village of Gourdon immortalized in several films, most recently Les Misérables from 2012. The village has everything – dramatic mountains, old houses and a medieval castle whose later landscaped garden with its appearance of the landscape architect from Versailles.
Within its walls of magnificent stone, you´ll wander around narrow streets filled with the vestige of a simple provincial life and artisanal shops selling local delicacies, perfume and soaps, lavender, glassware and nougat, gingerbread, honey and more…
Several restaurants are also available for a drink or meals.
There are plenty of tables with a better view, but skip those in favor of A u Vieux four, a charming restaurant nestled into a pedestrian-only side street. Rustic dining room to the twenty-five covers, beams, stonewalls, wooden tables and bar, Le Vieux Four is the home of heart Stéphane Lucas, chef and owner of L’Ecole des Filles, at Bar-sur-Loup.
Friendly service, fresh meats and vegetables, regional wines, exceptional breads and local cheeses make Au Vieux Four the perfect spot for a delicious lunch.
One destination not to miss in the region…So allow me to pass on to you this must-see mountain-top village. The winding drive toward the summit alone will take your breath away.