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CAHORS, LOT VALLEY

Stone, water, wine

   

Why visit Cahors and the Lot Valley?

  • Cahors, approved as a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire and a major stage on the Santiago de Compostela routes (Puy trail).
  • AOC Cahors, a major Occitania vineyard.
  • Unmissable villages with character: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and Puy-L’Evêque.
  • Pech Merle cave in Cabrerets.
  • Majestic scenery brought to life by the winding navigable Lot River.
Cahors vallée du Lot
Le centre ancien de Cahors

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Visit Cahors

Start with 2 Cahors gems listed as world heritage in relation to the Santiago de Compostela routes: the town's iconic Pont Valentré (14th century bridge) and the stunning Saint-Etienne Cathedral with its Byzantine-style domes.

Then wander around the old town's medieval lanes which give Cahors a mysterious and magical atmosphere. Soak up the beautiful rich homes, magical little squares and inventive Secret Gardens that splash the town with colour.

Unwind in the shade of the plane trees as you watch the hustle and bustle on Boulevard Gambetta built in the 19th century.

Well worth a visit

Drive or walk 30 mins up Mont Saint-Cyr for views of Cahors sitting on the front of the Lot like a crown glittering with jewels.

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Cahors vallée du Lot
Le vignoble de Cahors

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A great trip to a great vineyard

4000 hectares of vineyards on both sides of the Lot River peppered with traditional Quercy villages, pretty churches, châteaus and a national "Vignobles et Découvertes" accreditation to boot: you don't want to skip this vineyard given the beauty of its scenery and its famous Cahors Malbec red wine oozing personality.

Try it at the winemakers, Villa Cahors Malbec or drink it alongside a local speciality to bring out its flavour: Rocamadour cheese, nuts, truffle, Quercy free-range lamb etc.

Our favourite

Lot of Saveurs: a food and drink festival held in July in Cahors. It's pure joy and is packed with a LOT of surprises every year. The atmosphere is buzzing and tastebuds are tingling.

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

ASCENDING CAHORS

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie on its cliff

An unforgettable vision of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie clinging to its cliff 100m above the Lot. The entire village is listed as a Monument Historique and its uniform look is rare to see. From the top of the village, the view of roofs covered in plum-coloured Quercy tiles is stunning.

Wander along lanes, staircases and hidden passageways. The setting has attracted countless artists and authors just like André Breton. You can still visit artisans, explore the Rignault Museum and meet resident artists at the Maison Daura.

Quotation

“Saint-Cirq-Lapopie has cast a single spell on me: the one that is unbreakable. I stopped wanting to be elsewhere”: André Breton, writer, leader of the French surrealists, in 1950.

Puy-L'Evêque
Puy-L'Evêque

DESCENDING CAHORS

Puy-L’Evêque among wine and water

You will love Puy-L’Evêque, a medieval town surrounded by the AOC Cahors vineyard. The terraced village built above the Lot was the fief for Cahors' bishops. Soak up its carefree atmosphere as you admire its amazing heritage: 13th century keep, churches, lanes and staircases lined with gold stone houses, hanging gardens and more.  This will lead you down to the port. Barges used to berth here as they transported wine on the Lot: they have now been replaced by houseboats and canoes.

La vallée du Lot en aval de Cahors

   

THE LOT RIVER

Let the river run your holiday

Follow the Lot on either side of Cahors. It will take you to the valley's best sites: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, one of the most beautiful villages in France, Laroque-des-Arcs, Luzech and its Tour de l’Impernal, the lovely bastide of Castelfranc, the medieval town of Puy-Lévêque and more. The river was once a major trading route and winds along white cliffs or loops around vineyards.

Explore the Lot Valley by car, by boat, by bike on the Lot Valley Cycle Path or on foot like the pilgrims on the Puy trail.

Expert's tip

A houseboat cruise on the Lot: meet Cathy, our Lot Tourism expert, and get all the tips you need to make your trip magical.

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Worth the detour

Two amazing sites to take you on a trip back in time: Pech Merle cave in Cabrerets and Pterosaur Beach in Crayssac.

   

We love Cahors wine!

"If you can see your fingers through the wine then it's not a Cahors": intense and complex AOP Cahors wines are now exported to New York and are your ticket to the incredible Lot Valley. Vidéo © Les Qualivores d’Occitanie – Irqualim.

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All year round, near the Château de Mercuès in the Cahors vineyards, enjoy a stay in a charming 18th C. residence...

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"Plumb" opposite the village of St Cirq Lapopie elected "Favourite village of the French" in 2012,...

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How to get there

How to get to Cahors

Cahors is the capital of the Lot, 1 hr 25 mins from Toulouse.

  • By car: on the A20 motorway (Paris / Brive / Toulouse) or the D820.
  • By plane: from Toulouse-Blagnac (75 mins) or Brive-Dordogne Valley Airport (1 hr).
  • By train: from Cahors (Paris –Toulouse line) and Montauban stations (TGV Bordeaux – Montpellier).

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