The inescapables :

We go there and…we go there again because theses place are really exceptionals, and take place among the most beautifull spots of France : Cahors and the Valantré bridge, Saint Cirq Lapopie, The “grotte de Pech Merle” , Rocammadour, Figeac..

Every morning during the beakfast, we take time to help you to built your walks, your trip wtith your car, your moto or your bycicle ! we give you maps and plans and all travels brochures that you need.

Chief city of the Lot, Cahors lies in a meander of the river as it has for about 2000 years since the Romans founded it. That era was prosperous, although relatively few vestiges are visible (the underground car park contains a 55 m section of wall from the amphitheatre).

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The mediaeval city, which timidly reformed after the upheaval of the Roman Empire's fall, was much smaller, confined to the eastern side of the meander by ramparts, and centred on the cathedral with its two domes. From the mid-12th to the mid-14th C., a period of economic and demographic expansion resulted in the complete reconstruction of the city, within its walls: from this time, about 350 houses still remain visible, one of the reasons why Cahors has "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" status. The land outside the walls was partly occupied by gardens supplying food to the inhabitants, but also by large monasteries and convents.

This proved vital for essential 19th and 20th C. renovations and improvements, because these sites were reappropriated to provide the space needed for large, modern constructions – thus sparing the old quarters from wholesale demolition. The Boulevard Gambetta, main street created in the 19th C., marks the dividing line between the old and the new.

 

Rocamadour
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Saint-Cirq Lapopie
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Figeac
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The Valentré Bridge
This magnificent 14th century fortified bridge was the third built for the city (the others have disappeared), but it is one the opposite side of the meander from the medieval town.

There were many reasons for this, including military ones : it became a key element of the defensive system protecting the town's western flank. It is now a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site, in context of the Santiago Pilgrim Ways, as many traversed it on their way to Spain.

Rocammadour
For nearly a thousand years, the narrow, lonely canyon of the Alzou has been home to a cluster of buildings clinging to the rock half way up the sheer cliffs; and from this improbable spot, a powerful call has gone out, drawing millions of the faithful to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour.

Saint Cirq Lapopie
Some 35 km upstream of Cahors the village of St. Cirq Lapopie stands high above the Lot perched like a sentinel on an outcrop of rock. Indeed, that is exactly what it once was : from early times, this was the site of a fortress which stood guard over the valley and kept close watch on all the traffic passing up and down the river.

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