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The Lot, The Dordogne "a thousand and one wonders"

Spotlight on the most beautiful villages of the Lot

There are six of them. Six villages which have won the coveted title of “Most Beautiful Village in France” (Carennac, Loubressac, Autoire, St Cirq Lapopie, Capdenac le Haut and Cardaillac). Because their brown tiled roofs, their ocher stone, their sculpted windows or their square dovecotes give them an exceptional character, these villages alone embody the spirit of the Lot. Many others are worth a visit and although all are different, their charm is unquestionably their common trait.

30 essential courses in Dordogne

Of course, thethe list is endless, or almost. The Périgord is so vast and dense that there are very many walks to do around him. Apparently there are 1,001 castles! But only a few are open to the public. Gardens, caves, prehistory, but also rivers, forests and old stone, everything can be discovered from near or far ... Without forgetting the gastronomy, with foie gras, confits, duck breasts, porcini mushrooms, truffles, walnuts, Bergerac and Monbazillac wines… Château de Fénélon - -Château de Montfort - the village of Domme - the town of Sarlat - Jardins de Marqueyssac - Château fort de Castelnaud - Le Bugue - La Roque St Christophe - Château des Milandes - Château de Puymartin - the caves of Lascaux II - La Roque St Christophe - The hundred mammoth caves - Le Thot: animal park - Le Château de Hautefort -

Unmissable places

The cave of Padirac,  located 8 km from Rocamadour is the highest cave in France and one of the most fascinating to explore in Europe.

The Valentré Bridge , Remarkable testimony of medieval architecture, it is classified as a Historic Monument and registered since 1998 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

St Cirq Lapopie is this eternal jewel whose time seems to slide without leaving a trace. Straight out of the Middle Ages, discover on foot this village, which is partly classified as a Historic Monument, to soak up the nobility of its architecture, the elegance of its arcades, stairs, fortified gates ...

Sarlat, with his preserved area and its architectural heritage, offers each visitor an exceptional journey through time. Many shops nestled in medieval houses contribute to the charm of the alleys. Buildings with old facades, protected by lauze roofs, keep their authenticity.

Outdoors for an active vacation

Leisure, relaxation, swimming

The Lot is ideal for beautiful bike rides! with family or friends. Discover many trails and beautiful landscapes. For the less athletic but eager for historical or heritage discoveries, let yourself be taken in the little train, in a horse-drawn carriage or by boat, on a cruise on the Lot or the Dordogne.

In the Lot and Dordogne, you can discover spaces remarkable natural. There are more than 600 km of river for canoeing, and more than 7000 km of marked trails for all types of hiking (pedestrians, horseback, bicycle). The sweetness of a ride in a barge "barge" on the river or the magic of a balloon ride at dawn. Not to mention the unusual activities such as stand-up paddle, cable water skiing or via ferrata for an adrenaline rush.

6 km from Milhac, the canoe base of Grolejac is ideally located at the end of the Dordogne. They offer you the opportunity to discover the most interesting tourist attractions by canoe.

At the "green lake" located near Catus, 7 km from Thédirac, many activities are available: supervised swimming, pedal boats, canoeing, tennis, playground, hiking ... Its 7 hectares of water come from the Vert river, which gave it its name .

In Gourdon, the lake "Listen if it rains" with artificial beach, picnic area with tables, benches and barbecue. Refreshments (in summer) Fishing lake (with landing stage for people with reduced mobility) and picnic tables. Direct access to cycle paths and marked footpath, parking, fishing school.

Are you a thrill-seeker?

Want to reach the sky? Board a hot air balloon and fly away peacefully in search of calm. If you are a real pilot, try karting and put your foot down, whether you're competitive or just want to have fun. For pilots, try a ULM flight experience or paramotor and discover the superb landscapes of the Lot and vineyards. Have you ever dreamed of taking the leap? Go there and take a parachute jump, breathtaking view guaranteed.

Gastronomy

Cahors

Cahors, essential all year round, Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings, it's the market at the gates of the Saint-Etienne cathedral. Here, everything gives you an appetite: Rocamadour cheese, Périgord walnuts, foie gras, Quercy melon, Cahors wine.

Cahors is indeed at the edge of the vineyard which bears his name since the time of Francis I. The local historic region of Malbec, with the appellation's main vines, offers many areas to visit with in-store tasting!

Local producers' markets ... live

In Cahors, cooking rules. The Chiefs of the restaurant will make you discover exotic flavors but also regional dishes.

The Bonnes Tables du Lot restaurants will also welcome you to share the pleasures of Lot dishes and cuisine.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Itinerary

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