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Visit Cahors and the Lot

Our departement is packed with places of interest all along the river Lot : the Valentré bridge, the Saint Etienne cathedral and the perpetual motion clock in Cahors, the Chamizo wall at Douelle, numerous remains from the prehistoric era to the Middle Ages and including of course relics from the Gallic-Roman period.


The capital of the Lot departement, Cahors nestles in the loop of the river Lot, making the town a peninsula. This Carducien city offers you a veritable journey back in time. The Arch of Diana, ruins of the ancient Roman thermal baths, abuts the famous 12th century Valentré bridge, UNESCO world heritage site.. The 11th century Saint-Etienne Cathedral faces the building which was once the home of Léon Gambetta. Other numerous historic buildings in the town include the 14th century church of Saint Barthélémy, the 15th century Maison Henri IV (or Hôtel de Roaldès) and also the Tower of Pope John XXII.


Lying about 10 kilometres downstream from Cahors, Douelle was once a port famous for its barges and its wine. A number of wine-growers still practise their savoir-faire around here, and navigation remains equally important, but these days it takes the form of tourist vessels on the river, thanks to the Crown Blue Line. A huge painting by the artist Chamizo adorns one of the walls on the banks of the Lot and gazes down on the river. It’s the largest painted wall in Europe (800 square metres).


This region has many other places for you to discover. Lovers of prehistory should go to Crayssac to visit the Pterodactyl Beach, or to Caberets to see the Pech Merle cave. of the area’s Gallic-Roman history can be found not only at Cahors, but also at Luzech or Marcilhac-sur-Célé.

The villages of Puy-l'Evêque, Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Souillac, Rocamadour, Montcuq… are sure to charm everyone.