is a village and commune
of the Lot department
in southwestern France
Goujounac is located in the Lot
valley about 30km to the west of Cahors
and 9km south of Cazals
It makes up for one point in a quiet triangle of villages in the Lot, the others being Frayssinet-le-Gelat and the smaller Pomarede, both 3 km away.
Architecturally, Goujounac is very traditional in style and therefore akin to many of the villages in this corner of the Lot. Presenting pretty, well-preserved stone houses and barns along the main road with further reaches of the village also well maintained, the village has a number of simply preserved back streets to wander. The centre of the village is dominated by its ancient 12th century Romanesque
church, evidence in itself that Goujounac has been a community for many years.
Most of the village's 250 population are French, though there are Portuguese, British, Belgian and Dutch living here and in nearby areas now as well. The village is a quiet place in the evenings and it sees much passing trade during the day throughout the summer as it is situated on the D660 which runs north to south. Whilst the road occasionally becomes fairly busy during the peak tourist months, traffic never becomes sufficiently heavy to be considered a disturbance. As with many places around here, its population increases with the coming of summer and 'les grandes vacances', but its quiet charm never really succumbs at all. Situated 30km SE of Goujounac lies Cahors, the Lot's largest busy town. Closer to hand are the pleasantly sleepy market towns of Puy-l'eveque
, both roughly 10km away are better positioned for daily foraging.
Goujounac has two restaurants to offer, both serving excellent local cuisine. Contributor has eaten in both: this is a factual review of their standards.
'La Poule au Pot' is a rustic farm restaurant on a hill on the fringe of village. Excellent locally sourced food, (particularly the confit de canard and the foie gras of course...) and house wine are plentiful, and there are occasional appearances by the restaurant's patron and village mayor, M. Jaques Roux.
The Hostellerie de Goujounac', is a village inn in the heart of the community on the main road, and is another excellent place to eat. Re-opened in May 2008, the food deserves its growing local reputation for local food in a charming environment. The owners (Annemarie Kerckhoff and Edwin Koopman) are Dutch, the Chef is French, and the waitress English. The pork and duck are highly recommended; crepes gratine au saumon are excellent.
The Hostellerie also has 5 comfortable bedrooms upstairs, which are available at very reasonable rates.
There is a swimming pool and a campsite with tennis courts at the top of the village, about 5 minutes walk from the centre. There has been no commercial centre to Goujounac since the village shop was forced to close a couple of years ago. Whilst pretty, quiet and a in a good location for exploring the area, there is little to do here during the daytime except to go for walks in the surrounding countryside.
There is a brief history of Goujounac available from the Mairie but nothing else published online.