above: beautiful St Cirq Lapopie

Things to see and do


A busy, roman, departmental town with shops, busy bars and restaurants including local, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian food. The cathedral square hosts a bi-weekly market on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. There is also a covered market open Tuesday to Saturday.

The old town dates back to when the Romans were here and there is loads to see as well as buildings remaining from the medieval period. Emnjoy the shade and stroll around the old town on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Take a picnic up to the viewpoint at Mont St Cyr for spectacular views over the town. Relax on the little train town tour seeing all the sites, or a boat trip down the Lot valley. View the historic UNESCO listed bridge ´Pont Valentré'.

Summer events:

  • 2 Monday night markets on the main boulevard in Cahors: the first Monday in July and August
  • Bastille Day firework display over the Valentre Bridge: 13th July 2017 - after dark.
  • Cahors plage: free and open mid-July to Mid-August. A beach is created on the riverbank at the foot of the main boulevard. Here you'll find pedalos, trampolines, bouncy castles and a kiosk selling welcome drinks.



35th Cahors Blues Festival 11th- 15th July 2017


Down the Lot valley at Bouzies take the old toll path walk along the Lot and its cliffs. You can continue on to Saint Cirq Lapopie 'the first of France's 'plus beaux villages' on the clifftop for a well-earned lunch before the return walk.

Visit the popular Sunday morning market at St Gery some 20 minutes away along the Lot valley for fresh, local produce and goods.

Nearby acivities include water parks, horse-riding, canoeing, cycling, walking, wine tasting ..... 

Visit the beautiful, old bastide towns of the Lot and do not miss the famous 'Grotte de Peche Merle' with its prehistoric drawings.

There are numerous activities for children including water parks with slides, horse-riding, canoeing, zoos, aquariums, road trains, climbing in the trees, boat rides on underground lakes, monkey/eagle/reptile/dinosaur parks.

One of France's most beautiful villages. Rocamadour is built over three levels on the side of a hill. It includes a castle and private hotel at the top, a chapel on the middle level and a beautiful village street below - all linked by steps and a lift.

On the last Sunday In September, enjoy the famous hot air balloon take-off.

Nearby are:



The last fully intact fortified city - a UNESCO-listed world heritage site.

Arrive early to walk around its old streets and marvel at the 360 degree views over the surrounding valley and distant hills.


The 'pink city', so-named because of the colour of the local stone used to build it, is definitely worth a visit. There is a lovely old quarter and great shopping.

Direct trains are available from Cahors and take 1 hour 20 minutes if you’d like to avoid the drive.


Golf: The Souillac Country Club is popular with its 18 hole course and a practice putting green. Others are the 'Golf de Montal' and the 'Golf de Roucous' both of which have 9 hole courses and practice putting greens.

Outdoor activity park: Cap Nature where you can do acrobatic circuits in the trees or enjoy paintballing amongst other things.

Canoeing: There are numerous places to hire canoes in the surrounding valleys such as our favourite KALAPCA.

Horse-riding: There are a number of horse-riding stables in the area. All offer hourly or daily rides through the stunning local scenery. See the Lot horse-riding website for more details.

Paragliding: There are a number of sites offering paragliding such as the 'Ecole de parapente du Lot' at Douelle.

Tennis: Most villages have tennis courts which may be hired by the hour.

Swimming: Cahors has a spectacular water park alongside the river Lot with water slides. The indoor complex, open outside July & August, includes a spa area.

Flying: Take a sightseeing flight over the valleys for amazing views.

Whether you prefer walking or cycling, there is a huge choice of trails all taking in the breathtaking scenery. There are also organised walks.

For more information see the Cahors/St Cirq Lapopie tourism site.

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