Once upon a time…
The castle that every child dreams about? Bonaguil
One of the most beautiful prehistoric caves in France? Pech Merle
A jewel of Roman art ? Conques
An exceptional village, perched on its rock? Saint Cirq Lapopie.
All that really does exist, at various points along the Lot Valley, the Valley of marvels.
Romanesques châteaux, country houses, abbeys and churches, prehistoric sites, towns and villages full of character: the banks of the Lot valley are filled with some quite exceptional heritage. It is the fruit of a variety of lands and scenery ; the rich plains and slopes of the Garonne region, the barren and stark plateaux of the Quercy, the tortuous gorges of the Auvergne and the Gévaudan, the granite massif of the Margeride...And the Aubrac, of course, this vastness positioned on a plateau, forgotten by mankind, which displays its pastures and its burons (stone huts) with their corbelled slate roofs.
A heritage which evokes the arrival of the first human settlers, in locations which seemed to them idyllic; the Hundred Years war and the creation of the fortified towns , these new towns of the Middle Ages ; the faith of the pilgrims on their way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle; the bravery of the boatmen who would risk their lives plying the river to transport wood, wines and cereals ; the tenacity of the miners of Decazeville, who relentlessly mined the coal from depths of the earth.
So what is the Lot Valley? Well it is a very beautiful book of History to leaf through on your way down the river
Green holidays website greentraveller.co.uk has launched a series of Green Travel Destination Guides, providing practical advice, video, interviews, and in-depth information on focused destinations throughout Europe.
The first Green Travel Destination Guide is of the Lot Valley, France and includes over 150 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to do in the Lot Valley’s five départements, as well as practical information on how to travel there by train from the UK.
Working in collaboration with the Entente Vallée du Lot, greentraveller’s team of travel writers has picked out some of the best green places to stay, from locally run hotels to self-catering apartments, and innovative places to eat, from pavement cafes to authentic restaurants and village markets that sell fresh, local ingredients. It also features a range of activities, from visiting hot-water pools to guided hikes, canoeing and other family holidays along the eponymous river valley.