Surrounding area • Villages and fortified towns


Heritage, art and culture … and wine!


The capital of the Lot department, Cahors combines a southern ambience with a wealth of heritage and culture, much to the delight of art and history enthusiasts.

The town has seen several periods of fighting and devastation, but also of splendour, giving it an architecture that is completely atypical today, with ancient, medieval, renaissance and contemporary styles. Religion has always had a strong presence here, and its finest representation is to be found in Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. If the entrance porch doesn’t make you want to go in straight away, go in anyway; you’ll be surprised by its interior architecture and its magnificent Gothic-style cloister.

Cahors is also home to the Pont Valentré. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, it is a fabulous testimony to medieval times. At 172 metres long, it has 8 arches and 3 towers.

Finally, Cahors is also about wine, and very good wine such as Malbec, the region’s outstanding wine. If you’d like to discover its thousand-year-old vineyards, don’t hesitate to contact one of its winegrowers to visit his estate.

In the town of Cahors, there are a wide range of tours on offer: on foot, classic or themed, by little train, horse-drawn carriage or boat. Don’t hesitate to visit the town’s website, which will give you all the information you need:

We visited it for you ! Distance from La Barde: 1 heure 15

When you think of Cahors, you have to admit that it’s not the town you first dream of. And yet it is! It has a wealth of architectural treasures that you’ll never tire of discovering. Enter the town and let yourself be overwhelmed by the charm of its narrow streets, its secret gardens, its antique dealers and craftsmen, and above all by the Valentré bridge, the town’s true emblem.