The Lot River region of France is filled with many beautiful sights –natural scenery, attractive villages and historical sights. The sights below are south of the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Caneda and north of the city of Toulouse.
Bonaguil Castle is 60 km (37 miles) to the west of Cahors. It was one of the last defensive medieval castles built. Although it was originally constructed in the 1300’s, it was extensively rebuilt at the end of the 15th century.
The castle sits in a very picturesque spot on a hillside overlooking a tiny village. Underneath the front edge (closest to the town) of the castle are some interesting tunnels. Be sure to explore them.
Just a scenic little village on the Lot River, near Bonaguil Castle. Worth a short stop to wander the charming streets.
Cahors is a 2,000 year-old town. Its famous fortified medieval bridge (Pont Valentre) over the River Lot is one of the most photographed monuments in all of France. It has 7 pointed arches spanning the river and three towers.
It was built between 1308 and 1360.There is also a great cathedral here, the Cathédrale de St-Etienne.
Another picturesque town along the Lot River, with number of small hotels, making this town a good base for exploring the area.
Just outside of town are a number of picturesque villages, including Espagnac-Ste-Eulalie (see below).
This is a tiny village with a beautiful 12th century Priory of Notre-Dame-Ste-Eulalie and an elaborate bell tower.