I stopped wanting myself elsewhere
Saint-Cirq Lapopie proudly accumulates honours: 13 Historic Monuments, being classified as the Most Beautiful Village in France, and most importantly: seducing every visitor. You will dive directly into medieval times, in the streets drawn at random from its history, between houses dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Village of artists too, today and yesterday, and the most famous of them André Breton, leader of the Surrealists. Like him, you will be bewitched by this village and will be able to say in unison: "I have stopped wanting to be elsewhere".
Things to do in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Once you have conquered access to the village, you will dive directly to themedieval ages, in alleys randomly drawn from its history, between houses dating from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century. We then bathe directly in the atmosphere of this era, with the 13 Historical Monuments of this listed village.
Just let yourself be carried along by the narrow streets and intimate gardens, looking up at trefoil windows or entering arcade shops installed in the same places as their ancestors boilermakers, skinners or wood turners.
The artists also understood the strength of inspiration of the site, since, since -24 years ago, when they drew their works on the walls of the Cave of Pech Merle a few kilometers away, until today when a dozen of them have chosen to live year-round in the village, Saint-Cirq Lapopie continues to seduce them.
How to visit Saint-Cirq-Lapopie?
The Tourist Office regularly organizes guided tours of the village. Discover the most emblematic buildings and places in the history and heritage of the village with a guide. From the remains of the seigniorial castle to the evocation of 20th century artists, from the arcades of shops to the Renaissance windows of merchants' houses, immerse yourself in the great hours of the history of this medieval city.
You can also visit the village on your own, walking through its medieval streets. Follow these steps and ask for a free tour guide at the Tourist Office upon your arrival.
Another way to discover the village and its history is to follow a cruise on the Lot at the foot of the village. You will embark on a barge a few kilometers from Saint-Cirq Lapopie, then you will follow the towpath to the village according to the comments of your guide and the passages of locks.
Parking at Saint-Cirq Lapopie
Many car parks are available all around the village. While most are free in winter, they are payable by the day in season except for one at the very bottom of the village at the level of the beach and the campsite (count 15-20 minutes of climbing on foot then to the village). Motorhome parking is also available as well as motorbike pitches.
A village that collects titles, labels and tributes
Superlatives accumulate about Saint-Cirq Lapopie and each visitor is ready to confirm and outbid. Saint-Cirq Lapopie collects titles, labels and tributes:
- Most Beautiful Village in France since 1982;
- 1st favorite village of the French elected in 2012 in the program of Stéphane Bern.
- Grand Site of Midi-Pyrénées in 2010, then part of the Grand Site of Occitanie Cahors - Lot Valley.
- Elected French favorite village of Japanese travel agencies (with Riquewhir) in 2016.
First favorite village of the French
True to his passion for the pearls of French heritage, Stéphane Bern launched in 2012 the first competition to elect the favorite village of the French.
Saint-Cirq Lapopie holds his attention, as well as that of the thousands of French people who voted for our little village.
The benefits were fantastic, notoriety increased tenfold and the village could thus share its charm and its treasures with many curious people.
The plaque commemorating this event is still visible on the pediment of the Tourist Office (on the right in height when looking at it).
Most beautiful village in France
This label has existed since 1982 and Saint-Cirq Lapopie, along with 65 other municipalities, obtained it from the first year.
Being France's Most Beautiful Village is a rare privilege, it's offering an exceptional place to discover, it's always seducing thanks to a protected and valued heritage, it's celebrating "the art of living in la française", in an exceptional setting.
And let's leave the final word to the authors of the Official Guide to the Most Beautiful Villages of France, who have chosen to put Saint-Cirq Lapopie on the front page: "From the mound overlooking the Lot and the fortified church, Saint-Cirq remains a a place of rare harmony between the site of the village, its architecture and its landscapes".
Around Saint-Cirq Lapopie
Around Saint-Cirq Lapopie, there are many varied opportunities for discovery: