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Cahors

First town of the Lot

From the Valentré bridge to the Saint-Étienne cathedral, Cahors combines a southern atmosphere and historical riches

Enclosed in a loop of the Lot Valley, Cahors, City of art and history, is made for the joy of exploration.
Born in the time of Rome, the city of Cahors became in the Middle Ages a commercial and financial center of European scope.
This golden age is today an intact and deliciously lively old center that we must visit.

The Valentré bridge

The Valentré bridge, emblem of the city, crosses the river carrying its three fortified towers. You can stroll there on foot or approach it by boat during a trip on the Lot. A 14th century building, the Valentré bridge is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Santiago de Compostela routes. A legend involving the devil is associated with this bridge so look up to see it! On the photo side, it is at the end of the lock that you will be best placed.

The heart of Cahors

The visit continues in the heart of Cahors, where the red of the brick combines with the gray of the limestone and the ocher of the sandstone, which creates at certain times of the day beautiful harmonies conducive to photography. At the bend of the medieval streets, we savor the charm of the small squares and the 26 Secret Gardens which bloom the city. In the shade of the plane trees, Boulevard Gambetta, a heritage of the 19th century, invites you to stroll and relax with its many cafés.

The market at the gates of the Cathedral

An appointment not to be missed, all year round, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings: the market of Cahors which is held at the gates of the Saint-Etienne cathedral. Here, everything whets the appetite: Rocamadour cheeses, Périgord walnuts, foie gras, Quercy melon, Cahors wines.
Cahors is indeed at the gateway to the vineyard that bears its name since the time of François 1er. This historical land of Malbec, the main grape variety of the appellation, offers many domains to visit with a tasting at the end !

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