The river Lot, a tributary of the Garonne, flows through green, slightly sloping landscapes. In the Quercy this soft valley is famous for its vineyards, especially those of the wine region of Cahors. Penne d'Agenais with its basilica is a beautiful hilltop village. Monflanquin, a medieval village in the heart of the plum region. the castle of Cénevières, castle and renaissance palace; Agen and Villeneuve sur Lot, So many wonders in the Lot valley that you may not miss! A cruise by boat on the water of the Lot is also a great way to discover the many treasures of this valley.
Villeneuve-sur-Lot was founded in 1253 by Alphonse of Poitiers, the brother of St Louis. Enjoying a favourable location straddling the Lot river, it was once an important trading town and one of the most powerful bastides in southwest France.
The town has preserved a number of architectural reminders of its rich past, including the 13th-century Pont Vieux (old bridge), which forms a picturesque scene with Notre-Dame du Bout du Pont chapel; Place Lafayette, a central square edged with arcades (cornières); and Pujols and Paris gates, remains of the ancient fortifications. More recent in style is the beautiful Sainte-Catherine church, which was consecrated in 1937. This brick- and stone-built Byzantine-Romanesque-style building boasts magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass windows taken from the old church.
Stock up on fruit and vegetables at the traditional market every Tuesday and Saturday morning in Place Lafayette!
Pujols, one of France's "Most Beautiful Villages", is a former stronghold perched on a hill near Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
This small fortified town is a charming place to wander around with narrow flower-bedecked streets overlooked by beautiful houses, an old well, fortified gates, Saint-Nicolas and Sainte-Foy churches, a covered market hall where a local produce market takes place on Sunday mornings from May to September, and a panoramic view of the Lot valley.
As well as being home to some listed 15th-century frescoes, Sainte-Foy church holds regular art exhibitions.
Natural peninsula with three rivers.
he village was rebuilt in the 13th century,
offers magnificent remains of the Middle Ages.
The medieval town and former stronghold of Penne-d'Agenais, whose castle was fortified by Richard the Lionheart, is today an approved "Station Verte" (nature-orientated holiday destination) combining architectural charm, a gentle way of life and a pretty location on the banks of the Lot.
Dominated by the Byzantine-Romanesque-style Notre-Dame de Peyragude basilica, recognisable from afar by its silver dome, Penne-d'Agenais's old quarter is a charming place for a stroll, with narrow sloping streets lined with pretty houses, Place Paul Froment – a pleasant square to stop in for a drink – and many arts and crafts workshops.
There's a fantastic view over the Lot valley from the viewpoint indicator near the basilica!
The bastide town of Monflanquin, which overlooks the Haut Agenais region and Lède valley from its hilltop position, was founded in 1256 by Alphonse, Count of Poitiers and Toulouse and brother of St Louis and today enjoys "One of France's Most Beautiful Villages" status.
The town features a magnificent central square bordered by arcades. Note the interesting gemel windowed facade of the elegant 14th-century Maison du Prince Noir.
This medieval bastide town is traversed by a network of carrerots – picturesque, narrow pedestrian streets crossed by little house-to-house bridges. It is also home to a Gothic cathedral.
Worth a visit is the Musée des Bastides, a fun, interactive museum all about the medieval new towns built in southwest France in the 13th and 14th centuries.
A market has taken place every Thursday morning in the Place des Arcades (arcaded main square) since 1256! A local producers' market is also held on Thursday evenings in July and August.
On 15 August, the Médiévales de Monflanquin festival takes inhabitants and tourists back to the Middle Ages with entertainment, shows, processions, a market and a medieval banquet.
Located in Lot-et-Garonne, just steps from the Lot and Dordogne, the Fumélois welcomes you in any season.
Stroll along its trails and paths, let yourself daydream along the banks of the Lot, discover its gastronomy and its unique terroir, the delights of history in castles, mills, fortified towns and villages.
In the heart of the Southwest, a region rich in discoveries and flavors, the country of the Lot Valley is for all, synonymous with life and pleasures.
The prune capital of Agen on the banks of the Garonne is a welcoming, modestly-sized town where the living is easy. A walk through its historic centre takes in emblematic places like the very lively Place des Laitiers square, the arcaded Rue des Cornières, Rue Beauville with its old half-timbered, corbelled houses, Saint-Caprais cathedral – home to colourful 19th-century frescoes – and a fine art museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts). The latter is housed in four Renaissance town houses and contains remarkable collections of archaeology, paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, including an exceptional group of canvases by Goya and the famous Vénus du Mas d'Agenais sculpture. An absolutely must-see museum!
Gravier esplanade along the Garonne is a lovely place for a walk and very popular among the town's inhabitants, with plane trees, lawns and paths. To the north is the majestic 539-m long canal bridge that takes the Canal Latéral à la Garonne over the Garonne river.
The Grand Pruneau Show on the last weekend of August is a big festival dedicated to the famous Agen prune, with prune tastings, a gourmet market, shows, concerts and so on.
Situated in the Purple Périgord on the Dordogne, the town of Bergerac is famous for its vineyards.
Highlights include, in the medieval old town,
Pelissière square and its restaurant terraces, Récollets Cloister and the Maison des Vins wine rooms, the Tobacco Museum of National Interest located in Peyrarède house, and the old port with its jetty, where barge trips are offered.
Built on a peninsula by the River Lot, the old town of Cahors offers a pleasant atmosphere with its narrow streets and its architecture. Symbol of the city, the Valentré bridge built in the 14th century is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This magnificent fortified structure with arches and cutwaters is the only bridge in the world to have three towers! You can get a perfect view of the Valentré bridge from the pretty riverbank or on board one of the boats which navigate the meanders of the River Lot.
In the lively old town, the majestic Saint-Etienne cathedral, topped by two domes, possesses a beautiful Romanesque portal with carved tympanums. Not far, the public garden Olivier-de-Magny lined by beautiful old houses, the Roaldès mansion, and the numerous narrow shopping lanes make Cahors a very pleasant place, especially since the medieval town is also a gastronomic centre with among others its famous red wine.
Situated in the heart of south-west France, Toulouse is very aptly known as the “Pink City”. The pinkish colour of the bricks of its buildings and houses gives the city a unique charm.
Renowned for its atmosphere of good living, Toulouse is also a City of Art and History with an important architectural and artistic heritage, which has been stunningly well protected over the last centuries. It is delightful to discover its historic centre, which abounds in mansions from the Renaissance period. A jewel! This privilege makes of Toulouse the richest city in France for Renaissance mansions. These prestigious residences built in the 16th century by rich pastel traders are a reminder of the city's prosperity in the days of the pastel trade. This dye-producing plant used to be grown in the plains around the Lauragais. Among the most beautiful Renaissance buildings of the city are : the Assézat mansion, which is today home to the Bemberg foundation, a private museum hosting a collection of paintings; the Bernuy mansion flanked with an octagonal tower; The Vieux-Raisin mansion; the Clary mansion or Pierre mansion.
An essential place to see is the Place du Capitol, the heart of the city. This very bustling square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Capitol, a prestigious, 8-columned 16th-century building housing the town hall and theatre. Behind it is a 16th-century keep, the former Archives tower, which is today the main tourist office.
Next to be visited are the remarkable religious monuments of the old town: the Saint-Sernin basilica and its octagonal bell tower, a masterpiece of Romanesque art; the Jacobins cloister, a gem of Languedoc Gothic art, with its beautiful brick-built church and its main cloister building.
Renowned worldwide for its famous vineyards, the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region also has a prestigious architectural heritage. An 18th-century gem, the City of Art and History of Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site since 2007, takes visitors back to the Enlightenment. A remarkable urban and architectural ensemble to enjoy on a sightseeing walk along the quays of the Garonne, its elegant streets and imposing town squares. Must-see places inherited from this period include the lively Place de la Comédie with its neoclassical Grand Theatre adorned with majestic Corinthian columns, Place de la Bourse with its fountain of the Three Graces, and the Allées de Tourny.
Strolling through the historic centre is also a great way to discover medieval Bordeaux: Saint-André Cathedral with its carved portals, Gothic choir and Renaissance organ loft, the imposing Cailhau door dedicated to Charles VIII, the Holy Cross (Sainte-Croix) Church with a façade carved in the Saintonge Romanesque style, and the door of the Great Bell (Grosse Cloche), the belfry of the old City Hall, are all reminders of this time. A bell tower separated from St Andrew's Cathedral, the 15th-century Pey Berland tower, offers breathtaking views of the roofs and spires of the city. Although this view must be earned by climbing the 231 steps of the narrow spiral staircase! Not far from this Gothic gem lies the famous pedestrian street of Rue Sainte-Catherine, a long commercial street popular with shoppers, which connects Place de la Victoire to Place de la Comédie.
Garden lovers will prefer the banks of the Garonne, where the lovely Enlightenment Garden (Jardin des Lumières) stretches out on both sides of the beautiful water mirror. Featuring a beautiful view of the river and the Bastide district located on the right bank, this vast space with walkways and flower beds is dotted with street lights that illuminate it magically at dusk. Walkers can then continue their walk towards the huge Esplanade des Quinconces. On one side of it stand the two rostral columns, and on the other is the illustrious Girondins monument built in the late 19th century in memory of Girondin members of Parliament who fell victim to the Terror. A listed Historic Monument, the latter consists of two basins adorned with bronze water horses and a column 43 metres high, on top of which stands a Statue of Liberty breaking her chains. A few blocks away is the public park, an English garden of 10 hectares popular with joggers and strollers, which includes a botanical garden, a library and a museum of natural history.
Situated in the heart of the Black Périgord, Sarlat-la-Canéda is an essential place to visit for the architecture fans.
Its medieval old town is the perfect place to wander around with its maze of picturesque narrow streets and Gothic and Renaissance mansions, such as the Plamon mansion, the Magnanat mansion, and the Vassal mansion.
The Saturday market is particularly lively and should not be missed!
Directly around la Bakénia are already some beautiful hiking and mountain bike trails. You can also rent bikes from us to explore the nearby area.
We have walking and cycling maps here ready for you, with beautiful routes a bit further away. Most hiking and cycling routes are well marked. We are next to the "Voie Verte" a car-free cycle route along the Lot.
Click here to view some hiking and biking trails. Also try a boat trip on the river.
Stelsia Castle is just a stone's throw away. Here you can enjoy culinary in an enchanting environment.
Recognised chef of several prestigious kitchens, Michel Vico now manages the Stelsia’s restaurants.
In the Jasmin, the 4-star hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, the Chef employs all his culinary influence and experience to prepare exceptional products. His sole aim is to amaze us.
His signature: fresh products of superb quality, showcased by a constantly reinvented regional cuisine.
Discover this exceptional restaurant by taking advantage of the "Midis du Jasmin" offer (starter, main course, dessert, excluding drinks) from Wednesday to Saturday, menu for 30 euros per person!
You are staying in the area ... You find the region beautiful ... Let yourself be tempted and come to the flying club to make a first flight!
The baptism of the air allows you to discover the region by the sky. You can go with up yo 3 persons on a plane. The pilot will also make you aware of the magic of flying!
The cost of a baptism of the air is:
60 € for a flight of about 15 minutes: this allows you to go around Villeneuve sur Lot and Penne d'Agenais.
120 € for a flight of about 30 minutes: you can then go further (limit of 40 km as the crow flies from the airfield), as for example the castle of Bonaguil.
The interior of the Aquatic Center offers a large number of activities for a wide audience. It consists of a sports leisure hall with a 25-meter swimming pool, a training / aquagym pool, a balneo relaxation room with a wet area, hydromassage showers and a hammam.
The outdoor complex has a large paddling pool with hydromassage and hot tubs, a toddler pool for toddlers (equipped with a bubble beach, fountains and a waterfall), a huge slide of 6 tracks, sandy beaches and relaxing green spaces.
Everything is there for you to spend a joyfull and unforgettable moment, because the golf of Villeneuve-sur-Lot is one of the best 18 holes of Aquitaine with greens of an incredible quality throughout the year,
a gourmet restaurant, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a wellness area.
Walibi is an amusement park near Agen. It offers attractions of all kinds: thrills with for example the Boomerang (a big eight with loops at 38 meters in height), family with the carousel of Ladybugs or attractions refreshing such as Aquachutes, for children like the Melody Road or shows like the Sea Lion Show. This year, opening of a water park!
Number of attractions: 24
Shows: 3 "shows", including a 3D film, a sea lion show and an encounter with the mascots of the Walibi universe.
Tthe park hosts a seperate independent water park with swimming pool wave slides, etc ...
A 3D movie "Tempo Attack"
Then we have the Bubbles up where the little ones are invited to a trip on pods, the Crazy Bus that goes at full speed. A new area: the Fabulous Party offers many activities for children ... For older children, a new attraction, the Rock it up goes up to 11 meters and drops in free fall or small jumps.
Age or size limits: all ages