The Lot, in the west of France, is a simply stunning region with breath-taking views, ancient castles, medieval towns and a fantastic variety of wildlife and birdlife.
Deriving its name from the beautiful River Lot, this department, in the south-west of France, was a part of the former province of Quercy. With its breath-taking scenery and spectacular limestone cliffs, the Lot valley boasts a beautiful variety of flora and fauna. Spot the herons, eagles in addition to bees, which profit from the abundant wildflowers and alpine plants of the region.
The River Lot empties into the Garonne and you can cruise up the River Baïse or join the Canal Latéral à la Garonne towards the Canal du Midi or downstream towards Bordeaux.
Perched on a cliff above the River Lot, the 7th century stone village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie is touted as one of the most important sites in the area with 13 listed historic buildings.
In a U-shaped bend of the river, the capital of the department, Cahors, with cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and half-timbered houses, is famous for its fortified stone-arched Valentré Bridge and its Cathedral, Saint-Étienne de Cahors. Both the bridge and the cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Discover the museum in the medieval town of Figeac where Jean-François Champollion, who deciphered the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone, was born.
High above the river and dating from the 13th century, the castle of Cénevières was built as a defensive fort.
One of the most spectacular examples of prehistoric art can be found in the underground art galleries in the Pech Merle cave.
River Lot, River Garonne, River Baïse, the Canal Latéral à la Garonne, the Canal du Midi
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