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Gramat is a small town in the Lot department of the Midi-Pyrenees, to the south-east of Rocamadour. It falls within the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park.

A lively town in the Middle Ages, evidence shows that as far back as prehistoric times there has been a settlement here and there are various dolmen and burial mounds in the vicinity of Gramat.

The town had a resurgence at the end of the 19th century when it became an important train stop that brought renewed wealth and vigour to the town. Now it forms the third corner of the Rocamadour-Padirac-Gramat region and contains various attractions for visitors.

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France This Way review: the town centre of Gramat is a quiet but pleasant place to explore with several interesting buildings and monuments of interest, and although not a major tourist destination it certainly deserves a visit when you are in the region.

The main car park, and the tourist office for Gramat, are in the north-east of the centre opposite the Hotel Lion d'Or so this is a good place to start your visit.

Market hall in Gramat town centre

The most important historic monument is the 16th century clock tower, a substantial stone tower that stands above one of the original arched gateways into the centre of Gramat.

The market hall in the town centre, in the Place de la Halle, was built in the 19th century to replace a more ancient version, and is still used for the town markets today. Despite its relatively recent construction, the hall is an attractive building of white stone and red bricks and large open arches along all sides.

A substantial stone house near the hall dates from the 16th century, and you can also see a stone fountain here in the square. The church next to the square is not of great interest but adds to the attractiveness of the centre of Gramat.

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Elsewhere around the square and in the old town towards the river and around Rue St Roch there are some medieval houses, some with attractive decoration and some half-timbered houses to discover, in the streets around Rue Notre Dame and Rue de l'Horloge and some 19th century townhouses around the central town square.

The large stone mairie in Gramat centre has an old stone tower as part of its structure, and there is a small well-maintained garden behind the mairie.

Just outside the town centre near Gramat railway station you can visit the gardens of the convent - Les Jardins du Grand Couvent - for a very pleasant shady walk through the flowers and tree shaded gardens.

Weekly markets in Gramat are held each Tuesday and Friday morning in the Place de la Halle.

Traditional epicerie in Gramat town centre

Attractions nearby

The most important attraction here - certainly for children but also for adults - is the animal park. The Parc Animalier of Gramat covers a large area of 40 hectares, and has animals as diverse as bisons and ducks, wolves and vultures - and numerous domestic animals living in semi-wild conditions, as well as protected plant species.

Many of the animals you see are now protected species and the animal park has an important role in their protection.

Also close to Gramat there is an attractive walk in the countryside called the Boucle du Moulin du Saut, with views of the river and an ancient mill.

There is a great deal to discover among the attractive countryside around Gramat, including the important pilgrimage town of Rocamadour (one of the most popular destinations in France) and the villages of Autoire and Loubressac (both classified among the 'most beautiful villages of France').

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Lot guide and the Midi-Pyrenees guide.

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Address: Gramat, Gourdon, Midi-Pyrenees, 46500, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.7797, longitude 1.72583

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