It is a French town situated in the North West of the département of the Lot, in the Midi Pyrénées region.
The town is built on a landmark hill, an Acropolis overlooking the surrounding countryside.
It bore the keep of one of the most powerful feudal families of the Quercy, the Fortaniers from Gourdon. The cathedral church overlooks the whole site.
At the meeting point of the Causses of Gramat and the Périgord, in the sandy region named 'La Bouriane'.
Within easy reach by the A20 motorway and by train too, on the Paris/Toulouse line.
Gourdon is a small rural sub-prefecture, with all necessary amenities, a renowned hospital and a few gourmet restaurants.
Its wooden deep valleys have attracted a few celebrities like singer Léo Ferré who resided there for fifteen years.