The Lot boasts several “Great Sites” of the Midi-Pyrénées Region.
Some prestigious must-see sites in the region
Saint Cirq Lapopie, built on a cliff overlooking the River Lot, was elected the “French people’s Preferred Village” in 2012.
This former fort has retained many ancient houses dating back to the 12th and 16th Centuries, with façades in stone or wood. Enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets, where the buildings hark back to the crafts and craftspeople responsible for the village’s prosperity in days past.
At the foot of the cliff, you can walk along the old tow-path on the banks of the river and admire the old watermills, locks and bridges.
This holy city built into the side of the cliff is the second most visited site in France. Stroll through its cobbled streets and climb the monumental stairs to take advantage of the breathtaking view of the valley below. You will discover the city’s unique heritage, with its sanctuaries, its black Madonna, its Way of the Cross, and the Castle perched on the cliff-top.
Close to Rocamadour, you can also take the children for a fun walk around the “Forêt des Singes” (Ape Park). The park covers 20 hectares and is home to some 150 Barbary macaques, who roam freely in the forest.
The “Rocher des Aigles” (Eagle Park) is also close by. The park has 400 birds and 60 different species: birds of prey, parrots etc. One of the highlights is the show which presents birds of prey in free flight over the medieval city.
Many activities are organised during the summer season at Rocamadour. And do not forget to drop into the village shops that sell a wide range of regional products and specialities.
With its truly remarkable architecture, Figeac is a “must-visit” city in the Lot. It has had the “City of Art and History” label for 20 years and is also the Sub-Prefecture of the département.
Amble through its old streets and admire the city’s architecture, the merchants’ houses dating back to the Middle Ages, the market squares and the Saint-Sauveur Church, etc.
Of course, when in Figeac, you have to visit the “Champollion Musée des Ecritures” (Museum of Writing) with its copy of the famous Rosetta Stone, which will take you on a journey to discover how Champollion deciphered hieroglyphics.
near the village of Cabrerets, these caves are decorated with ancient paintings.
They are made up of an upper and lower network, with the lower network decorated with pre-historic paintings, including the cave’s famous horses.
The paintings also depict bison and mammoths,
with many prehistoric handprints on the ceiling.
a miniature train takes you into the caves. As you go from chamber to chamber, you will discover the amazing shapes and reliefs created by nature, as well as underground lakes where the light creates magnificent effects. Finally, you will arrive in the Chamber of Wonders, which, as its name suggests, is simply breathtaking.
these 19th Century mines are just outside the village of Bach, in the heart of the “Causses du Quercy” Regional Park. The former mines are home to a lush and diverse flora. Guided visits are organised throughout the year.