The department of Lot is a land of beautiful landscapes, made up of green fields, oak forests, vineyards, farmland, historic hill-top Bastide towns, dramatic gorges and slow moving rivers. Largely unspoiled and unknown to many people this area is well worth discovering and exploring. Situated in South West France between Bordeaux and Toulouse the Lot experiences hot dry summers and cold dry winters. The region has a micro climate that is warmer and drier than the neighbouring regions like the Dordogne or the Limousin and is characterised by warm late autumn months. The Lot department is packed with amazing markets, full of fresh produce, where you can stock up for lunch and dinner. It is proud of its fine, local produce – its cuisine is famous throughout France and beyond. Local specialities include dishes based on duck, goose, foie gras, endless varieties of wild mushrooms, truffles, peaches, apricots, plums, peaches and walnuts whose oil is used for cooking. The deep red wines of Cahors, raised on these stony hillsides, were known to the Romans and you will find some of the best vineyards only 15 minutes away from us.
There is so much to see and to do in the Lot, and other surrounding departments (we are handily located for the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne) that it is impossible to list it all, but it includes:
Medieval festivals – great experience especially for the little ones as the locals dress up in traditional costumes and knights perform their skills
Parc-en-Ciel – zip-lining through the forest; at 8 different heights so all ages from 3 accommodated
Leisure lakes with sandy beaches – Montaigu-de-Quercy and Montcuq
Parc Walibi (Agen) – theme park for a great day out with the kids
Horseriding (Dégagnac) – also for our little guests from 3 years onwards
Grotte Pech Merle – 7 amazing caverns to explore with paintings over 20,000 years old
Summer evening markets – local producers with delicious food on offer
Château de Bonaguil – the last medieval castle built, considered by the French to be the most beautiful fortified castle in France and only 15 min away from us
Rocamadour – with is spectacular setting this is the second most visited village in France and one of the “Grand Sites de Midi-Pyrénées”
Figeac – a town full of art, history and architectural treasures
Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac – one of the most magnificent and stunningly sculptured landscapes in the world
Bastide villages & towns – Monpazier, Monflanquin, Castlefranc, Cazals & Montcabrier
Sunflower fields in August – simply beautiful
I could go on and on with this list. Why not see for yourself and discover this beautiful part of France!