Lot, department 46
Our region takes its name from the river that crosses it, the Lot” which is the second-longest river in France, and which flows into the river Garonne.
This river is renowned for its many and long twists and turns.
Many water activities are possible on the river, such as rafting, canoeing, hydrospeed, sport fishing or relaxation, bathing, sailing...
But the river is not the only attractive feature in the Lot region.
Indeed, many chasms and grottos are discoverable, especially the famous Padirac chasm which today attracts an incredible number of visitors!
Good to know: the ancient name of Lot is l’Olt, a word still found in the names of some villages in the region.
The Natural Regional Park of Quercy’s Causse plateaus
In Occitanie, the new name of our region, a regional natural park, created in 1999, can be found:
The Regional Natural Park of Quercy’s Causse plateaus, where panoramic viewpoints, major sites and remarkable villages are in abundance.
We can quickly point you to a village such as Rocamadour, a site like Saint-Cirq Lapopie... Of course, we can’t mention Le Quercy without inviting you to try out caving, for the Quercy Causse plateaus are famous here, overflowing with around a hundred cavities, grottos and other chasms.
Finally, for lovers of astronomy, head to the ‘Triangle noir’, at the heart of the Natural Park, protected from all light pollution.
Cahors, a historical town
If you are just passing through Cahors and don't have the time to enjoy all the region’s riches, we recommend that you take a stroll around the heart of the town, or along the river Lot’s twists and turns.
The town of Cahors is a medieval city, where the famous Pont Valentré (the name of the hotel) is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Camino de Santiago.
As well as that, a stroll in front the Cathédrale St Etienne, a Roman cathedral, for us seems compulsory.
Listed by UNESCO, just like its neighbour the Pont Valentré, the cathedral has also been recognised since 1862 as a historical monument!