Unpack, Unwind & Enjoy
the Ride!

  • Footpath in the Lot Valley
  • St Cirque Lapopie
  • Rocamadour
  • Chateau Chambert Cahors Winery
  • View from Domme in the Dordogne

The Lot and Dordogne

Ponrt Valentre at Cahors in the Lot

As well as stunning, unspoilt scenery the region also offers a huge gastronomic tradition (truffles, foie gras and confit being some of the most famous local produce) and fantastic local wines.

Days can be filled by sampling the dark, heady wines of the Cahors region. Hundreds of vineyards can be found in the countryside, many of which have been producing wine for centuries and are happy to offer free tastings.

The area between the valleys of the River Dordogne and River Lot is amongst the most beautiful in the world, with an array of things to do and see, including exceptional prehistoric sites, medieval villages and a huge range of sporting activities.

Chateau Beynac
This middle ageconstruction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the river Dordogne

Walking the Grande randonee routes:

The route of St James/ St.Jacques (The GR652 route to St Jaques passes Mas de Flory)
Shortly before the year 900AD the tomb of St. James / St.Jacques / Santiago the Great / Major / Elder was discovered in the part of Spain known as Galicia. The news rapidly spread throughout Christian Europe and very soon pilgrims were making their way from all parts of the continent to visit the site. As Spain is a part of the Iberian Peninsula, this meant that at some time most of the travellers would have to make the hazardous journey across the Pyrenees. Many routes led to the crossing point from places further north and east, like so many tributaries feeding into a river. The badge of these pilgrims is the scallop shell, known in French as the coquille St.Jacques.

Rocamadour is both a place of pilgrimage and a tourist attraction with its shrines and chapels which cling precariously to the side of a cliff. Visitors reach the pedestrianised town by a "road train" where they will find artisans shops, restaurants and a toy museum. The views from the village are stunning. Rocamadour boasts one of only thirty cheese Appellation d'Origine Contrôlées (A.O.C's.) in France with its goat's cheese.
Nearby there is a monkey preserve which you can walk around and see over 100 Barbary Macaques who are only too happy to relieve you of the popcorn you can purchase at the entrance.

Dating from 1283, the bastide of Domme overlooks the Dordogne from the South and is quite simply one of the most beautiful places from which to admire the view. The golden stoned village is crammed with small artisans' shops and is extremely well preserved.
You can visit the underground cavern under the covered market.
Domme is a little larger than many of the bastide towns, and is found perched high above the Dordogne River, with  wonderful views of the river and countryside.
Unusually among the bastide towns, Domme retains part of its original fortified walls and the gateways into the town.
Perhaps the overly perfect restoration and over-commercialisation of the town reduces the feeling of authenticity that is found in, say, Monpazier. However a visit remains a 'must'.
There are also some very good caves accessed from the centre of Domme. The town is also listed as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'

La Roque Gageac
Surrounded by ancient manors and crowned with cliffs, La Roque mirrors itself in the waters of the Dordogne river.
It was an important fortified place in medieval times, the village adorned itself with rich manors in the Renaissance period, such as Jean tarde’s manor. The village streets blossom with tropical and mediterranaean plants.

The Gouffre de Padirac is a natural chasm 75 metres deep formed when the vault of a limestone cave collapsed into the underground river below. The tour begins with a descent by lift (or stairs for the more energetic!) 103 metres to the river and then proceeds with an underground boat trip which takes visitors to the cathedral-like Grand Dôme which is 94 metres high. The tour lasts about one and a half hours and covers 2km.


St. Cirq Lapopie was the first place in France to have a preservation order on the entire medieval village.


Les Eyzies
The prehistoric site of Les Eyzies includes the Musée Nationale de Préhistoire which is to be found in a 13th century castle perched above the village. The museum contains a large number of artefacts dating back in some cases more than 15,000 years. Nearby the Grotte de Font de Gaume and the Grotte des Combarelles contain a fine collection of prehistoric art including bison, reindeer, magic symbols and carvings.

The myriad of boutiques and souvenir shops will keep a visitor busy for hours and in the evening, the gas lighting enhances the character of the town no end. Sarlat's market, held in Place de la Liberté on a Saturday, is renowned as one of the best in France.

Cahors AOC wine
The appellation has been named after the city of the same name, which is the capital of the Lot department in south-western France. The vineyard area totals around 4.500 hectares, the vineyards are located on both banks of the Lot river, to the north-west of Gaillac. The wine-growing region is one of the oldest and also one of the most famous in France. The Celts, or Gauls as they were known here, produced oak barrels here as early as the 6th century BC.
Cahors is one of the oldest and yet least known french wines, the red wine of Cahors has a long a distinguished history. Cahors belongs to the Quercy region, a part of France considered by National Geographic and many others to be one of the worlds ‘unspoiled and undiscovered earthly paradises’

Chateau Chambert
Chateau Chambert produces wines that show both generosity and refinement, due to their balance between tannins, fruit and acidity. The vineyard is located on the highest part of the Cahors plateau, in south-western France. This specific terroir lends additional elegance to the natural intensity of Chambert's wines. Cahors is the homeland to the Malbec grape. Visit Chateau Chambert on the Lot Valley Vistas French cycling holiday.


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