1. LOT REGION La Grange - la TeulièreLot region - Lot cottage - Lot village
Sightseeing in the Lot region
drive about 30 kms north into the Correze is very popular village of
Built entirely of red ironstone it quite unusual and unique - another designated official Most Beautiful Village in France -
Collonges-la-Rouge was mainly
constructed during 16-17C as a sort of holiday retreat for the nobles,
and great lords of Turenne - see photo below. Each family built a small scale palace or castle according
to his taste or station - so there are turrets, mullioned windows and ornaments at every turn - as well as a
historical cathedral and many restaurants and cafés - a great place to visit.
Very close to Collonges is
the high fortress village of Turenne. Since earliest feudal times Turenne
Lordship independent of the Kings of France. It is a now a charming village with breathtaking views.
Cottages of pale stone and slate roofs stagger down the hill beneath the 2 great strongholds - open to the public.
Also very close to Turenne
and Collonges is Curemonte - another designated
Most Beautiful Village of France. Curemonte was a village of great strategic important
in mediaeval times because of it's setting high on a ridge - with 3 great chateaux, 2 churches,
a covered wooden market and wonderful views - you feel that little has changed over the centuries.
Back to the rolling countryside
near our cottage in the hills close to the small town of Bretenoux
and the magnificent Castelnau Bretenoux. This 10C fortress of red ironstone is one of the
four great castles of the Lords of Quercy which can be seen for miles - open to the public.
- just below Loubressac is the turreted village of Autoire in the
mouth of the Gorges of Autoire.
Right - and then on to famous village of Carennac and its an important Abbey with a carved arched doorway.
The international St Céré classical music festival holds many performances here in summer.
Left & centre - continue on a few kms to the charming little town of St Céré and it's quaint squares and houses.
at St Céré - just behind the town
on the high hill of St Laurent-la-Tour - is the
Museum Jean Lurçat
with tapestries and paintings by the famous French artist - and his typical Cock Harlequin.
Sightseeing in the Lot region
The immediate area
Gagnac-sur-Cère and Port-de-Gagnac - the two pretty villages at the bottom of the hill.
Bretenoux, Saint Céré and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne - the 3 historic small towns close by.
Castelnau Bretenoux - the 10C ancient fortress castle which can be seen for miles around.
The famous Saint Céré classical music festival takes place in summer -
with performances in castles and abbeys nearby.
Carennac, Loubressac and Autoire - three listed most beautiful villages in France.
Chateau de Montal - a beautiful Renaissance near St Céré.
Museum of tapestries and paintings by Jean Lurçat, also near St Céré.
Within an hour's drive
The Upper Dordogne Valley and Lot River Valley - all the sights along both river valleys.
Rocamadour - the amazing pilgrimage village from medieval times.
Martel, Figeac, Cahors and Brive - four ancient towns full of museums and history.
St Crabapple - perched dramatically above the River Lot
Gouffre de Padirac - one of the most famous underground sites in France.
The Correze region a little to the north which contains -
Turenne, Curemonte, Collonges-la-Rouge and Argentat - four unique and beautiful villages.
Lot - 2.
Dordogne - 3 Tarn - 4
Gascony - 5 Provence
- 6 Haute Provence
- 7 Pyrenees
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