Lot places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Lot department of Midi-Pyrenees. See also our Lot travel guide

photo of Albas


Albas, a village on the Lot river, has a renowned wine festival each May
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photo of Autoire


Autoire is very small but very pleasant to explore, while nearby you can admire thescenery of the Cirque d'Autoire
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photo of Bretenoux


The town of Bretenoux has a medieval square, colombage houses and a river to explore
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photo of Cabrerets


Cabrerets is a pretty village on the Célé river best known for the Grotte de Pech Merle
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photo of Cahors


Best known for the famous Pont Valentre bridge, Cahors is a lively town which also has a small historic centre
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photo of Cahors cathedral of Saint-Etienne

Cahors cathedral of Saint-Etienne

The cathedral of Saint-Etienne in Cahors is an unusual 12th century cathedral which has two domes and a roman style entrance among its features
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photo of Cahors gardens

Cahors gardens

The secret gardens of Cahors are charming and following the garden route is a great way to see the sights of Cahors.
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photo of Cajarc


The medieval centre of Cajarc make it a pleasant place to visit as you explore the Lot Valley and the Natural Parc of the Causses de Quercy
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photo of Capdenac


Capdenac-le-Haut, another of the 'beautiful villages of France' is quite small but very picturesque
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photo of Cardaillac


Cardaillac is a small, unspoiled village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'
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photo of Carennac


There are numerous architectural highlights and attractive buildings in Carennac, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'
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photo of Castelnau-Montratier


Castelnau-Montratier is a historic village with an imposing church and central square
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photo of Chateau de Castelnau-Bretenoux

Chateau de Castelnau-Bretenoux

The Chateau de Castelnau-Loubressac is an imposing medieval castle built in red stone
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photo of Chemin de Croix at Rocamadour

Chemin de Croix at Rocamadour

The Chemin de Croix at Rocamadour follwos a path through the woods from the sanctuary in the village to the cross on the clifftop
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photo of Faycelles


Although quite small, take the time to stroll around Faycelles when you are in this region
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photo of Figeac


The market town of Figeac has many interesting historic buildings and streets to explore - one of our favourite towns in this region
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photo of Gouffre de Padirac

Gouffre de Padirac

The Gouffre de Padirac is the most popular cave system in France
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photo of Gourdon (Lot)

Gourdon (Lot)

The golden stone used to build much of the town of Gourdon brings much of its charm, and there are also several pretty small villages close to hand
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photo of Gramat


Gramat is a pleasant town to visit, and your children will enjoy the popular animal park here
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photo of Lacapelle-Marival


The castle, medieval gateway and market hall are among the highlights in Lacapelle-Marival
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photo of Loubressac


Both the unspoiled nature of the village and the beautiful views make the small village of Loubressac a great pleasure to visit
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photo of Marminiac


Marminiac is a small village with a church, traditional market hall and a tower
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photo of Martel


Numerous medieval towers and other fascinating buildings ensure that Martel retains its historic charm
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photo of Montcuq


Montcuq is a pleasant small town with a big church in the Midi-Pyrénées
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photo of Pont Valentré

Pont Valentré

Pont Valentré in Cahors is an impressive fortified bridge from the middle ages
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photo of Puy-l'Eveque


Puy-l'Eveque is one of the most picturesque, and most visited, of the villages along the Lot Valley
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photo of Rocamadour


One of the most visited destinations in France, Rocamadour is both an important pilgrimage destination and an exceptionally lovely little village
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photo of Saint-Cere


Some of the highlights in Saint-Cere are rather hidden away, so take time to explore the back streets of this medieval town
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photo of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is certainly among the most beautiful villages in France, with its riverside setting and lovely historic streets
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photo of Sanctuary of Rocamadour

Sanctuary of Rocamadour

The Sanctuary in Rocamadour is a historic pilgrimage site
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photo of Souillac


The town of Souillac is enjoyable to explore, and well placed to explore the eastern Dordogne and western Lot regions
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For more information see the Lot guide

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Market towns & days in Lot

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Bretenoux: Tuesday
Cahors: Wednesday & Saturday
Catus: Tuesday
Cazals: Sunday
Figeac: Saturday
Gourdon (Lot): Saturday
Gourdon (Lot): Thursday (high season only)
Limogne-en-Quercy: Friday (high season only)
Limogne-en-Quercy: Sunday &
Martel: Wednesday & Saturday
Montcuq: Sunday
Prayssac: Friday
Puy-l'Eveque: Tuesday
Souillac: Friday
Vayrac: Thursday & Saturday

Tourist attractions to visit in Lot

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Le rocher des aigles (eagles)

4* Towns in Bloom

Cahors: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Cahors: See tourist guide

Figeac: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Gouffre de Padirac: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Cahors: See tourist guide

Figeac: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardins secrets de Cahors

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Sainte Marie (Souillac)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac)

Notre Dame des Cordeliers (Gourdon)

Regional Natural Parcs

Causses du Quercy: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Figeac: See tourist guide

Gourdon: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Assier Chateau

Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau

Chateau Montal

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Autoire: See tourist guide

Carennac: See tourist guide

Loubressac: See tourist guide

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Cahors cathédrale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Cahors Pont-Valentré (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Figeac Hopital St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Gréalou dolmen de Pech-Laglaire (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Rocamadour basilique Saint-Sauveur (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Rocamadour: See tourist guide