Pujols, Lot-et-Garonne: tourism & sightseeing
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One way to approach Pujols is by walking from Villeneuve-sur-Lot: it is about two kilometres and provides a nice view of the village as you approach it. Start from the 'Porte de Pujols' in Villeneuve if you are walking. However, the first part of the walk is not very lovely and the village is on top of a hill so you won't be surprised that most people drive here! If you come by car there is plenty of parking space just outside the old village.
Although Pujols is a small village, little more than one street, a parallel alley, and two churches, it is extremely picturesque. The medieval houses crowd in on the street, and numerous pretty gardens add to the charm. It is a walled village, and because it is on a ridge it has fine views in both directions: north over Villeneuve-sur-Lot and the Lot River and south across open countryside.
Pujols is usually entered by the impressive archway at the north of the town. This is the Saint Nicholas belltower, and is part of the church that is built into the original defences of the village. This stone arch brings you straight into the main square in Pujols, with the church to one side, a 19th century market hall, a bar and the tourist office, and a couple of small galleries.
From here you can follow the main street in either direction to enjoy looking at the ancient houses, often with hanging baskets of flowers, the small gardens and the views. The frescoes in the church of Sainte Foy (the church that is to the south of the village, not the church by the main entrance) date from the 15th century and are also well worth a look.
The possible downside to a visit to Pujols is a result of its small size. In the summer you might find rather a lot of tourists for such a small space so it is best to visit slightly off-season or in the morning if possible. Still, it never gets crowded to the same extent that certain popular villages in the Dordogne or Provence do, for example, so don't be put off visiting in the afternoon if that is the only time you can make it!
There are a couple of excellent restaurants in Pujols, albeit a little more expensive than some in the region.
Six kilometres south of Pujols you can visit the Grottes de Fontirou, a large cave system that was inhabited in prehistoric times.
The nearby villages of Penne d'Agenais and Tournon d'Agenais are well worth visiting, especially the former. A short distance north of Villeneuve-sur-Lot you will certainly also want to visit the bastide village of Monflanquin, and we suggest you then continue at least as far as the 13th century village of Villereal (this is where we live so we know what we are talking about when we recommend you visit!)
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Pujols is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Pujols, Villeneuve-sur-Lot-Sud, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Aquitaine, 47300, France || GPS: latitude 44.386, longitude 0.6884
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Eglise de Sainte Livrade (Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot): religious monument (8 km)
- Grottes de Fontirou: site of natural beauty (8 km)
- Ets Latour-Marliac: remarkable garden (13 km)
- Eglise Notre Dame (Frespech): religious monument (14 km)
- Monflanquin: most beautiful village (17 km)
- Agen cathédrale St Caprais (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (21 km)
- Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lacour): religious monument (23 km)
- Abbaye de Saint Maurin (Saint-Maurin): religious monument (26 km)
- Prieuré de Sainte Marie (Moirax): religious monument (28 km)
- Eglise de Saint Martin (Layrac): religious monument (28 km)
- Walibi Aquitaine: theme park (29 km)
- Eglise de Sainte Marie (Aubiac): religious monument (29 km)
Market days in Pujols, France
Regular market(s) are held in Pujols each Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Pujols (Francais)