Discover the Lot Valley
The Quercy is a part of France which even the French are only beginning to discover. There is a host of historic sites to visit, castles to explore and museums to delight – always with a fine restaurant within easy reach.
The route along the Lot River is considered by many the most beautiful 100 km in France and The Lot valley is also full of wonders. Explore the many villages unspoiled by the passage of time.
Visit the cave at Pech Merle, containing prehistoric art of Cro-Magnon man, just 15 minutes from St Cirq Lapopie. The region is also ideal for wine tasting, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, visiting chateaus, shopping at local markets and brocantes, or just relaxing. Local cuisine features duck, fois gras, truffles, fish and the abundant produce of the region.
The village is on the edge of Le Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy. The Quercy probably derives its name from the Latin for “oaks”, which cover the local hills in rich, spindly profusion. It is a region of outstanding scenery, renowned for its rural calm, slumbering, medieval towns and fine cuisine, including the excellent, dark Appellation Contrôlée wines. For more about the region visit Quercy Tourism .
The nearest town is Cahors, one of only 130 sites across France recognized by the French government as une Ville d’Art et d’Histoire for the importance and quality of its heritage. West of Cahors, there are flat, valley-bottom vineyards set in dark, rich, red soil. To the northwest, one finds a gently undulating countryside of the Bouriane.
The climate is varied, too. Long summer months are hot and dry. Spring is early and short in March and April. Evenings are cool. In winter, the days are often sunny, but night-time temperatures can drop to below freezing. With one click you may find a daily weather report and forecast to plan your holiday!