A varied landscape with sprawling vineyards, rivers embraced by cliffs, imposing castles, gourmet restaurants and traditional villages, that's the Lot. The Ségala in the Northeast with a hilly terrain that is rich in flora and fauna. Green Limargue and limestone plateaus of Causses. Quercy Blanc, south of Cahors, with hills of limestone cliffs and fertile valleys and sandy and wooded Bouriane region. Finally, the beautiful valley of the Lot. There are three rivers taht winds through the department; the Dordogne, the Célé and the Lot River. A holiday in the Lot is a paradise for nature lovers!
Rent a holiday home in the Lot and meet the great history of this region, from prehistoric times to the present. Admire the petroglyphs, Celtic tombs, Gallic fortifications, Roman art, castles, monasteries and medieval villages.
The capital of the department is Cahors. Cahors is the old capital of Quercy and has many monuments of antiquity and the Middle Ages. The historic centre has winding streets lined with mansions, the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the famous Pont Valentré, a bridge that is absolutely worth seeing. There are two museums: the Museum of the Resistance and Henri Martin Museum. Cahors is famous for its vineyards and delicious food, taste the truffles, foie gras and a glass of "Vin de Cahors".
Figeac is situated on the river Célé, lying on the pilgrimage route from Conques. Despite the destruction during the wars, the city still has beautiful old parts. Sites to see are the Hôtel de la Monnaie, Place des Écritures, the guest house Saint-Jacques and the museum about archaeologist Jean-François Champollion. Each year, a theatre festival takes place in the end of July.
The city of Rocamadour is built on a rock in the middle of the Causse de Gramat. This is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in France. Rocamadour is and has been a popular pilgrimage route from Northern Europe to Saint-Jacques de Compostela. The tomb of St. Amadour and the Black Madonna are important reasons for the pilgrims visit. A tourist train will take you to the entrance of the village lying on the mountain. Athletes can also walk to to the top. But beware, the village is on a very steep slope!
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie offers a magnificent view over beautiful restored mansions. It is considered as one of the most beautiful village in the Lot Valley and named after the man who had built a large castle. Stroll through the narrow streets with charming patios, a few steps from the cave of Pech-Merle with prehistoric paintings.
During your holidays in the Lot, you can have a daytrip to the Gouffre de Padirac, the Centre for contemporary Art: Georges Pompidou and in the natural reservoir of the Marsh of Bonnefont.