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What to see in Dordogne And Lot

Dordogne And Lot Attractions

Attractions in Dordogne and Lot revolve mainly around the area's many lovely and historic villages. The medieval towns of Cohors, Conques and Montauban are remarkable and the stone villages of Domme and La Roque Gageac will captivate all who set foot in them. The most spectacular, however, is Rocamadour, which has been a pilgrimage site since the 8th century and has possibly the most breathtaking setting of any town in Europe. This cliffside town is fascinating and is one of the region's greatest treasures.

Visitors can easily do a tour of Dordogne and Lot centred only on châteaux, as there are so many exciting castles scattered about. Some of the best are the Château de Castelnaud, which houses a wonderful museum of medieval warfare; the Château de Commarque, a ruined 12th-century chateau with caves containing evidence of prehistoric man; and the Château de Beynac, an impressive castle perched above the restored medieval town of Beynac and commanding beautiful views over the river. The Château de Marqueyssac pales in comparison to these fortresses but has gorgeous gardens and cliffside walks.

Dordogne is one of the richest areas in the world in terms of ancient sites and evidence of prehistoric man. The famous painted caves of Lascaux are regrettably no longer open to the public, but there are equally impressive sites to explore, including the incredible Cave of Font-de-Gaume, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Situated 55 miles (89km) north of Toulouse, in a loop of the Lot River, the ancient city of Cahors was inhabited long before the Romans arrived, and in medieval times was a thriving university town.…

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Conques occupies a spectacular position on the flanks of the steep, densely wooded gorge of the little River Dourdou, a tributary of the Lot, and is one of the great villages of southwest France. The…

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Les Eyzies

In 1868 prehistoric skeletons were discovered in the Vézère valley, and the area was found to be one of the richest in the world in terms of ancient sites and deposits. The small market…

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Montauban lies on the banks of the River Tarn, 50 miles (80km) north of Toulouse, and is one of the most ancient cities in southwest France. Its origins date from 1144 when the Count of Toulouse decided…

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Tiered precariously halfway up a cliffside above a small river, Rocamadour has one of the most unique and breathtaking settings of any town in Europe. The town is famed for being the site where the…

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