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Most Beautiful Village in France

Also elected "French's Favorite Village" (2012)

The most beautiful village in France, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is reflected in the waters of the Lot below. A watchtower on the river and a heritage to die for: Renaissance houses, medieval stalls, alleys lined with hollyhocks, shady squares and artisan shops… a real movie set !

An eternal gem

Perched above the Lot River, the medieval village adjusts to its cliff in a spectacular way. “An impossible rose in the night”. Under the pen of André Breton, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie remains this eternal jewel on which time seems to slip without leaving its mark. Straight out of the Middle Ages, this village, partly classified as a historic monument, can be explored on foot, as if to better let yourself be impregnated by the nobility of its architecture, the elegance of its arcades, its stairs, its fortified gates…

13 historical monuments

Formerly witness to a flourishing boat life, renowned for its wood turners, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a listed site with 13 historical monuments. The village has retained all of its heritage, but above all a crazy charm. Shops, restaurants and cafes shelter from the sun in the shade of the ogival doors, while the site strikes with its overall harmony which earned it the vote of favorite village of the French in 2012!

An artist's paradise

From the beginning of the 20th century, the village attracted artists, Parisian gallery owners and from 1950, many artists of the surrealist movement. Seeking inspiration, artists have found their “Promised Land” here where they can let their imagination run free. Is it because of the gradation of subtle shades of brown  ? The harmony of the volumes ? The exceptionally good views of the Lot valley ? Whatever it may be, painters, poets and writers have kept coming here to dip their pens and brushes into all this beauty. The many galleries and studios which have taken over its old buildings are witness to this. This artistic dimension is still clearly visible when you discover the contemporary art trail, not forgetting the international artists’ residence installed in the Maison Daura.

The poet and writer André Breton was the one who made Saint-Cirq-Lapopie known. About this village where he settled, he declared :

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I stopped wanting myself elsewhere…

It’s easy to understand !

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