Rocamador in the mist

Places of Interest:

Cahors, the prefecture of the Lot department, is built on a tight loop in the river Lot and is said to be the first real town of the south with its typical red brick buildings, avenues of plane trees and confused medieval street pattern.

View of Cahors from Mont Cyr House of Henry IV, Cahors

There are many cafes and restaurants to choose from, and Cahors hosts a twice weekly market selling local goods and produce.

Also worth a visit is Cathedrale St Etienne, set in the middle of the old town and the much photographed 14th century Pont Valentre.

Pont Valentre Cahors Market

Rocamadour, world famous 12th century site of Christian pilgrimage, is an extraordinary site, a medieval town built into the rock face rising 500 feet above the valley and well worth the visit.

There are many underground caves in the area, and two of the best are The Gouffre de Padirac, one of the largest caves which includes an underground river journey and Pech Merle, a series of caverns with magnificent paintings around 20,000 years old.

Gouffre de Padirac Peche Merle cave paintings

Pretty medieval villages all along the river Lot including St Cirq-Lapopie, a beautiful village built on top of a rocky outcrop above a loop in the river.

Puy L'Eveque and Prayssac are also well worth a visit and there are numerous bastide villages and towns in the area including Lauzerte and Castelnau.

Puy l'Eveque Picnic on the river

Further afield lie the beautifully preserved medieval towns of Gourdon and Sarlat and the Dordogne River and to the south Moissac, Montauban, Toulouse and the Pyrénées.