Luzech in the meander of the Lot
Luzech in the meander of the Lot
Autan Wind
25 good reasons to come to the Lot Valley

Explore Cahors and the Lot Valley

Your vacation at Cahors in the Lot Valley, it is an opportunity to discover a thousand-year-old town, varied landscapes and typical villages.

We have selected for you the visits not to be missed to make your trip an unforgettable memory...

Around Cahors, the medieval village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Puy-l'Eveque la Pech-Merle prehistoric cave as well as the Pterosaur Beach, Cloup d'Aural phosphate mines, the stone of cause of Limogne, sublime landscapes of Quercy Blanc are unmissable visits.

We guarantee you a stay rich in discoveries and emotions ! Spending your vacation with us is the guarantee of a well-deserved rest. In wilderness, far from the worries of everyday life, you can truly escape. walks, sports, meals on terraces, discovery of the local gastronomy et Cultural Tours are mandatory, the important thing is to take the time…

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weekly market Cahors at the foot of Saint-Etienne Cathedral
weekly market Cahors at the foot of Saint-Etienne Cathedral
J.Morel

Cahors,

its history and its Valentré bridge

aaah Cahors... Many know the name, but very few have been there. What a mistake ! This city has a ancient and medieval heritage particularly preserved. Proof, Cahors has two sites classified as Unesco World Heritage : the famous and sumptuous Valentre bridge with its three defense towers dating from the 14th century, and the famous Saint-Etienne cathedral with its surprising domes giving it a unique style. But the sumptuousness of Cahors can also be enjoyed through its many steep medieval-style streets located in the historic center. You will then experience a real journey through time thanks to the countless dwellings dating from the Middle Ages.

Find out more about Cahors

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The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie at sunset
The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie at sunset
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Saint-Cirq Lapopie,

Favorite village of the French

Beyond many other sites […] Saint-Cirq has placed on me the only enchantment: the one that fixes forever. I stopped wanting myself elsewhere.

These words from the famous surrealist writer André Breton most accurately illustrate the emotion that will grip you when you discover this unreal-looking village. Located on a rocky spur more than 100m above the Lot, nestled in the heart of the cliffs, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie makes a big impression, seduces, moves. This village seems frozen in time and is endowed with numerous historical monuments, and observes an effervescent artisanal life. Elected “favorite village of the French” et ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, its discovery will certainly be a highlight of your stay.

Discover Saint-Cirq Lapopie

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As a couple at the Puy l'Evêque viewpoint
As a couple at the Puy l'Evêque viewpoint
A. Auzanneau

Puy l'Eveque,

in the heart of the vineyard

Ce picturesque village with magnificent ocher colors is perched on a cliff offering panoramic views on the Lot and the surrounding vineyards. Attached to the Lot, a former successful trading port, it has a medieval heritage and the amazing Renaissance.

The village of Puy-L'Evêque is one of those little-known nuggets, which surprise all those who discover it.

Discover Puy l'Évêque and the vineyard

Focus on one of the 3 towers of the Pont Valentré in Cahors
Focus on one of the 3 towers of the Pont Valentré in Cahors
J.Morel
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Village of Montcuq
Village of Montcuq
A. Auzanneau

Montcuq

We pronounce the Q! ;)

We smile first, then we hum, we finally admire. It's obvious that Montcuq rose to fame with its simple name, but the village deserves your attention for many more reasons: Nino Ferrer, emblematic singer but also his rich history. Montcuq makes you smile, seduces you, enlivens you and tells its story.

Discover Montcuq

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Viewpoint on the Cingle du Lot from the Cévenne de Crayssac
Viewpoint on the Cingle du Lot from the Cévenne de Crayssac
Lot Tourisme - J. Morel

The Lot River,

its meanderings, its points of view

The Lot is even more beautiful seen from the sky. On foot, by bike or by car, go to point of view du Mont Saint-Cyr above Cahors, in the villages d'Albas, Saint-Cirq Lapopie (Rock of Lapopies, Circus of Venes), Bélaye, Crayssac (Upper Attic), Douelle (site of flight of paragliders), and the Luzech peninsula (oppidum of the Impernal). A exceptional view on the city or villages ,the vineyard and the superb Lot River awaits you there.

Even better at sunrise or sunset when the colors are enhanced!

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Caselle de Nouel
Caselle de Nouel
A. Astruc

The cause of Limogne

and its small heritage

Caselles, dolmens, well, dry stone walls, butterfly washhouses... punctuate the landscapes and arouse curiosity. It is a small ancestral heritage and magnificently preserved, which makes us proud. This is certainly thanks to the solidity of their stone construction, but also to the passion of the inhabitants who maintain and restore them on a voluntary basis. Hikes and walks lead you to meet these jewels, which make our landscapes always alive and intriguing.

Walk on the Causse

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vineyard of Cahors
vineyard of Cahors
J.Morel

Our vineyards:

an exceptional terroir

Cahors is a name that takes you on a journey through the history of a city with a medieval past, but also into the gastronomic pleasures. This wine was invited to the court of the tsars, today it takes on its full scope at your table. A tannic wine, it owes its character to its "terroir", and his finesse to its winegrowers. L'AOP Cahors shares its laurels in this area with theCoteaux du Quercy PDO. This one deserves to be known for its personality nourished by plains and hillsides, and by the harmonious alliances that it combines everything in balance with local gastronomy. A winning duo that will seduce you twice.

The vineyards of the Lot Valley

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Cave paintings at the cave of Pech Merle
Cave paintings at the cave of Pech Merle
P. Cabrol

Explore the cave of Pech Merle

Only 13km from Saint-Cirq Lapopie, go back in time by visiting the cave Pech Merle. This cave is theone of the oldest in Europe and very well preserved. During the visit, you will see on the walls prehistoric paintings and engravings of more than 20 years of horses, mammoths, bison, aurochs, bears... More than 000 animals play with the relief of the rock, the colors and the light. You can also admire the Devil's Castle in the village of Cabrerets who hides in the village, stuck to the cliff.

See you underground

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Cloup d'Aural phosphate pits seen from the sky
Cloup d'Aural phosphate pits seen from the sky
C. Bouthe

The Cloup d'Aural phosphate pits

Discover the evolution of climates over 30 million years? The Cloup d'Aural phosphatières offer it to you. THE guides seduce you with their passion and their paleontological knowledge. When you descend into the heart of this open-air chasm, in an evocation of a tropical forest, the freshness envelops you at the same time as its stories. More than 600 fossils have been discovered there, the oldest specimens of which date back 52 million years.

See you (again!) underground

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Visit of the pterosaur beach in Crayssac
Visit of the pterosaur beach in Crayssac
E. Faure - Tourist office - Cahors Lot valley

Pterosaur Beach

A somewhat special beach is located at Crayssac 15 minutes from Cahors in the Lot valley. Without sand or sea, 150 million years ago there was a lagoon with pterosaurs : flying reptiles, cousins ​​of dinosaurs which have left their footprints. Looking for Emile, Bob, Arthur and many others.

What we love about Pterosaur Beach: 

  • of quality guided tours by excavators with a touch of humor
  • an excavation site still in use
  • a visit adapted to children from 7 years old.

Discover the pterosaur beach

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The league of Crégols
The league of Crégols
C. Bouthé - Vent d'Autan

The Causses du Quercy Geopark

The Causses du Quercy tell the story of 200 million years of Earth's history. And thanks to this geological heritage exceptional, the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park obtained the Global Geopark label byUnesco. Beyond this international recognition, the visitor can explore this extended timeline through the numerous sites to visit. Small journeys for the visitor, but big leaps in the history of humanity! On the program of geological treasures and exceptional landscapes and heritage.

The Causses du Quercy PNR

Caselle de Nouel under the starry sky
Caselle de Nouel under the starry sky
C.Cielsar
Spotlight on...
head in the stars

The black triangle of Quercy

Do you know the black triangle ? It is an area located in the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park. protected from light pollution. It's the purest sky in France metropolitan area to admire the stars, planets, comets and Milky Way and we are proud of it!

The black triangle of Quercy
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Basket of truffles on the winter truffle market in Lalbenque
Basket of truffles on the winter truffle market in Lalbenque
R. Perua

Lalbenque truffle

Nicknamed the "black Diamond", it will shine on your taste buds. This mushroom is fascinating, both for the scents it gives off and for the flavors which will delight you. But beyond a luxury product which sits enthroned in all the delicatessens of the world , the truffle embodies a universe made of scenery, "terroir", passion, experience, nature and culture. The most brilliant one is found in winter under our oaks, the melanosporum. In summer, aestivum is less dazzling, but gives the opportunity to discover another aroma. And it is to markets labeled "Remarkable Site of Taste"And"Vineyards and discoveries" from Lalbenque, from December to the end of February and from Limogne-in-Quercy, from December to February and from mid-June to mid-August, that you can get them. The truffle is in all states to surprise you and satisfy your taste buds.

Savor... the truffle

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The bastide of Castelnau-Montratier, at the gates of Quercy Blanc
The bastide of Castelnau-Montratier, at the gates of Quercy Blanc
C. Novello

The bastides

They were built throughout the southwest in the 13th and 14th centuries according to a standard plan: a central square with covers and arcades, an eccentric church and a plot plan or damiers, composed of straight and parallel streets with houses and gardens. The most interesting are those of Castelnau-Montratier, Labastide-Marnhac, Beauregard, Castelfranc and Labastide-du-Vert.

Our beautiful villages

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At the Moulin de Boisse in Sainte-Alauzie
At the Moulin de Boisse in Sainte-Alauzie
Lot Tourisme - P.Soissons

The Quercy Blanc

The earth changes color, the heritage is still there, witness to a rich history: Boisse windmill, Rouillac chapel, Romanesque churches, bastide and medieval village. Taking your time in Quercy Blanc means experiencing the present in the colors of a prestigious past. On your return, the white of the stone blends perfectly with the sunflowers and lavender fields.

Discover Quercy Blanc

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Cabécous ripened on the market in Cahors
Cabécous ripened on the market in Cahors
C. Novello

Our gastronomy: delicious quality products!

Taste our local products, whether duck confit, foie gras or breast, scams, Rocamadour cheese, Croustilot (local bread), safran, melon, noix and Quercy lamb. Added to these products, Quercy recipes such as pastis (a kind of light alcoholic apple cake), the my what (a sort of stew with a leavened dough made from eggs and duck fat), and the famous Quercynoise salad. The numbers typical restaurants will satisfy all your desires!

Savor... the Lot

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Aerial view of the village of Prayssac and its church on a market day
Aerial view of the village of Prayssac and its church on a market day
C. Bouthe

The most beautiful colorful markets

Cahors et Prayssac, elected most beautiful markets in Midi-Pyrénées : obvious ! In the Lot, land of flavors, scents and colors, the markets are unmissable and offer a multitude of events. Morning, noon and evening, winter and summer, there is always an exceptional product to find. You will be overwhelmed by emotions and only the choice will be difficult. All to the rhythm of good humor made in South-West. With our markets, stock up on flavors and souvenirs!

The markets

Quercy pastis on a gourmet market
Quercy pastis on a gourmet market
L. Da Ascencao
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Wine tasting from Cahors at a winemaker
Wine tasting from Cahors at a winemaker
L. Nespoulous

Authentic encounters and perpetual holidays

Here the producers are really sympathetic and fond of showing you their little ones secret corners. The climate is so mild all year round that it feels like you're on vacation. Here it is calm and we take our time. See you soon perhaps at the bend of a terrace or gourmet market.

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A fishing workshop for children in Catus
A fishing workshop for children in Catus
L. Da Ascencao

A sportsman's paradise!

You can swim and explore the Lot and the Célé in canoe Kayak, enjoy superb spots of fishing on our waterways, hike on foot or by bike in the Causses du Quercy Natural Park, climb the famous cliffs of Saint-Géry, hike potholing and canyoning... Tree climbing course, paintball, footbulle, etc, there is no shortage of ideas for fun with family or friends!

Enjoy the Lot Valley

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Cycling in the vineyards - Véloroute Lot Valley
Cycling in the vineyards - Véloroute Lot Valley
P. Foresti - Mediart360

Cycling for all

With preserved landscapes, the destination Cahors – Lot Valley is the ideal territory for practicing outdoor activities. So why not let yourself be tempted by an excursion or a cycling holiday ? Whether you choose road cycling, mountain biking or e-bike, this means of transport will allow you to discover the most intimate corners of the south of the Lot.

In the saddle !

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Meander or Cingle of the Lot at Luzech
Meander or Cingle of the Lot at Luzech
Autan Wind

The Lot River at the center of nature

We are a wine countryMore the water runs through our veins. The Lot and Célé rivers, each at its own pace, each in its own setting, offer a multitude ofnautical activities : swimming in natural water, canoeing, cruises, rental of a houseboat or just for a day and of course the fishing in protected waterways.

The Valley along the water

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Gourmet market and guinguette atmosphere
Gourmet market and guinguette atmosphere
L. Nespoulous

Cultural and sporting events where conviviality reigns

Many activities punctuate life in Lot: music, gastronomy, theater, science, village festival, fireworks or art, There will be something for everyone

Agenda !

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Hike to Limogne-en-Quercy
Hike to Limogne-en-Quercy
S.Richard

Walks and hikes for everyone

Hikes in the Lot Valley will help you discover rich and varied landscapes. From the vine, to the use of stone and water. Walk the paths it is the certainty of discovering an exceptional rural and natural heritage. For families, With friends, it is at the bend of the paths that the charm operates.

Our hiking routes

Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Giuglio
Spotlight on...
The pilgrimage of

Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrimage or spiritual path, the path to Saint-Jacques de Compostela is above all a meeting place privileged and enriching. There Via Podiensis crosses our landscapes, which has earned us the recognition of UNESCO which has listed the section between Bach et Cahors au World Heritage as well as the St-Etienne Cathedral and Valentre bridge

On the road to Santiago de Compostela
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Road carved into the cliff along the Lot between Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cajarc
Road carved into the cliff along the Lot between Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cajarc
C.Bigeard

Travel our beautiful roads

Here the routes are atypical and at each place, there is a little corner to stop, admire, and take your time. there are even many circuits that we can advise you.

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breakfast at the hotel Cahors
breakfast at the hotel Cahors
J.Morel

Quality accommodation for all budgets

The cost of living in the Lot is one of the lowest in France. Walking tours, free museums, activity from 2 to 100 euros per day, impossible to be bored even without a penny in your pocket.

In restaurants in the region, local daily specials can be found for less than 10€, and having an aperitif for less than 3 euros a glass is also possible!

As for the prices of accommodation solutions : guest rooms from €40 to €150 for 2 with breakfast, hotels from €40 per double room in 2 stars to €150-200 in 4 stars, campsite pitches at less than €10, youth hostel and stopover gîtes from 15 euros per person...

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Manual work at the Virebent porcelain factory
Manual work at the Virebent porcelain factory
E. Faure - Tourist office - Cahors Lot valley

Small galleries and passionate artists

THEcrafts is in the spotlight in all its forms. Traditional trades are defended by artisans, sometimes artists, heirs of ancestral techniques, who put their know-how and their passion at the service of their professions for the admiring pleasure of visitors.

You will be able to discover ancient professions such as painters, engravers, sculptors, jewelers, hatters, ceramists, plastic artists, mulching and caning craftsmen and even wood turners.

Art along the Valley

Sunset over Rocamadour
Sunset over Rocamadour
T.Verneuil
And also...

The greatest sites to visit nearby

Cahors, the Lot Valley are located near major tourist sites between 1h and 2h drive barely: Figeac, Rocamadour and Padirac chasm in the Dordogne valley, the Lot and Vineyard valley with Puy l'Evêque and Luzech, Gourdon, Quercy Blanc with Montcuq, Lalbenque and Limogne truffle capitals, Sarlat in the Périgord Noir in the Dordogne, Saint-Antonin Noble Val in the Tarn-et-Garonne, Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac in the Aveyron, Cordes sur Ciel and Albi in the Tarn...

The 12 "fun" challenges to complete on site

And you, how many have you already made?
  1. Un Selfie with the statue of the truffle grower Lalbenque : we smile, even if he doesn't...
  2. Unearth (virtually, you have to leave it there) the wild beast of Cahors Asked phosphate.
  3. Raise your head towards the étoiles and observer thanks to the astronomy table de Limogne-en-Quercy.
  4. Find out who the Mad Goofy Snatcher. To find out, go to the streets of Puy-l'Evêque.
  5. Count the clock balls de Cahors : time passes, but do not fall asleep!
  6. Understand what a boxes ; clues: the Nouel caselle and its framework Lalbenque and the step case of Saint-Vincent.
  7. Look for theigue of Crégols and above all do not fall into it!
  8. Tasting Rocamadour and thank the goats with caresses.
  9. Follow in the footsteps of Little protractor à Montcuq, find the Little Montcuquois and tell yourself that you can laugh at everything with good humor and lightness!
  10. Walk in the footsteps of Nino Ferrer, admire his painting talents in the town hall of Montcuq and explore its history on vinyl in the medieval tower.
  11. Remember the 7 deadly sins by deciphering the walls of thechurch of Martignac in Puy-l'Évêque.
  12. Conduct the investigation, look up and find the clever smile of petit diable du Valentré Bridge.

And above all remember to immortalize all these discoveries by sharing your best photos on social networks with the hashtag #cahorsvalleedulotvaleedulot

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