Top:Aereal view of Gorlice, 2nd left:Gorlice City Hall and City Square, 2nd right:A monument of the first time kerosene lamp set place, Bottom left:Sztuki Dwor Karwacjanow Gallery in Wroblewskiege, Bottom right:Three Maja Street
The city lies in the Ropa and Sękówka River Valleys, surrounded by several mountain ranges of the Carpathian Mountains, namely their part called Beskid Niski (Low Beskids) massive. It is located in the heartland of the Doły (Pits), and its average elevation above sea level is 380 metres (1,247 feet), although there are some more considerable hills located within the confines of the city. The city is nowadays situated in a heavily populated region 14.6 miles (23.5 kilometres) from Jasło, 21.2 mi (34.1 km) from Nowy Sącz, 25.5 mi (41.0 km) from Tarnów, and 62.6 mi (100.7 km) from Kraków.
The city was the focal point of the German Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive during World War I, in May 1915. Hence the "Gorlice fair" or "Gorlice days" held every year during the May Bank Holidays and adjoining days, which are enjoyed by many visitors both domestic and from abroad.