Highlights of Cahors
The Cahors wine region and Lot River valley has much to offer, so whatever your interests, from cultural to gastronomic, there is plenty for the wine and food tourist.
The region is dominated by the Lot River which divides and defines the terrior of the grape regions. Interesting towns such as Cahors and Luzech, and villages, such as St-Cirq-Lapopie, cling to its banks while elegant bridges, like Pont Valentre, span it at various points. The river flows through some beautiful countryside and the road follows the it most of the way through the region offering fine views of the river. A day out driving along the valley is a favourite pastime and there is many a good village restaurant to stop at for lunch.
A road journey along the River Lot
These four towns give a great insight to the turbulent and rich history of the Lot Valley
The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie is perched on a cliff 100m (330ft) above the river and is one of the major beauty spots of the Lot valley. The village is dominated by the ruins of a fortress that was made up of a number of castles and towers. Below the fortress, the village streets lead down to fortified gates. Many historic houses have stone or half-timbered fronts going back to the 13th-16th centuries. A very interesting visit.
Cahors is the business and cultural centre of the region and stands on the right bank of the river Lot, occupying a rocky peninsula formed by a bend in the river. The Valentré Bridge is the symbol of the town, building began in 1308 and it was completed in 1378. In excellent condition, due to restoration, a walk over the bridge is a “must do” experience.
Luzech is 20 kilometres downstream from Cahors, it has Gallic and Roman remains of the town of L'Impernal, and the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-l'Île, dedicated to the medieval boatmen who transported Cahors wines to Bordeaux. The town stands in a huge river loop, overlooked by a thirteenth-century keep, with some picturesque alleys and dwellings in the quarter opposite Place du Canal.
Puy-L'Éveque is at the end of our journey and probably the prettiest village in the entire Lot valley, with many grand houses built in honey-coloured stone and overlooked by both a church and the castle of the bishops of Cahors. The view from the suspension bridge which crosses the Lot is special.
Rocamadour, is nestled in the Lot department 55 miles north-east of Cahors in the Dordogne Valley. The exquisite natural setting and beautiful buildings have made Rocamadour France's second-most visited site (after Mont St. Michael, Normandy). The town is known for cheese-making and gives its name to Rocamadour, a small goat's milk cheese.
Walking and cycling
The stunning surrounding countryside is excellent for walking, rambling, cycling and even running! The vineyards are open for all to wander through, and /or cycle through along easy paths. You can take in the countryside, enjoy the fresh outdoor and maybe linger for an hour or two in a village cafe, or picnic on the excellent region foods and wines so readily available from local shops. There are national park forests where you are free to wander so the potential for walking, picnics, horse riding and cycling is endless.