Château de Gourdon

Gourdon, France

Château de Gourdon was built in the 12th century on the foundations of 9th century fort when the counts of Provence organized their border between the county of Vintimille and Provence. From 1598 to 1905 the castle was the residence of the Marquis de Montauroux. The current castle was built in the 17th century, the first stage in 1610 and the second in 1653.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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www.chateau-gourdon.com

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User Reviews

Eddy Farah (2 years ago)
Little town with beautiful views and authentic feel of a small village. Love the place, amazing view point! Totally worth visiting :)
Olivia Holt (2 years ago)
A nice small village in the steep mountain area, road is daunting when being driven to the town but it has spectacular views and lots of shops and restaurants. There aren't any other attractions per se but it was a nice addition to our tour and the locals were friendly.
S L Happy (2 years ago)
A place from where you can see three cities: Nice, Antibes, and Cannes. The view from this place is very beautiful. A place worth visiting. You can book shuttles (cheap-1.5€ per person, to book call envibus office) which can take you to this place from the nearby places (Pre du lac).
Simon Chaperon (2 years ago)
The drive up is worth a visit alone once there views are amazing and place is beautiful
Steve The Techy (3 years ago)
Came here for the view down the valley. If you are in the area it's a must stop and look place. Parking was easy for us, but did notice when we left we had parked in a boules court. Lots of stalls and shops selling tourist stuff. Ice-cream were a dream.
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