Cahors is the capital of the Lot region in the South-West of France and more importantly the birthplace of the legendary Malbec wines. The Lot is one of the most pure and unspoilt regions of France, situated in the Midi-Pyrenees. Discover the good old ''France profonde'' and experience France as it was decades ago. Some of the smaller towns in the region can be pleasantly surprising because it’s here you can really experience local authenticity, like the weekly village markets. You will find small stands filled with home-made, oven baked bread or fresh vegetables from the garden. People are modest, but proud of their products. Apart from good food and very high quality Malbec wines from the AOC...
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Cahors is the capital of the Lot region in the South-West of France and more importantly the birthplace of the legendary Malbec wines. The Lot is one of the most pure and unspoilt regions of France, situated in the Midi-Pyrenees. Discover the good old ''France profonde'' and experience France as it was decades ago.

Some of the smaller towns in the region can be pleasantly surprising because it’s here you can really experience local authenticity, like the weekly village markets. You will find small stands filled with home-made, oven baked bread or fresh vegetables from the garden. People are modest, but proud of their products.

Apart from good food and very high quality Malbec wines from the AOC Cahors, this wine region just breathes history. Numerous small villages tell stories through their old churches, fortresses and stone houses. It is worthwhile to visit the medieval parts of the town of Cahors as well as the Pont Valentre, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Wine tourists will find the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie beautifully set above the river Lot, especially appealing. Make this wine holiday a relaxing experience by meandering through a quiet valley; you might even discover a rare orchid variety or spot a wild boar or deer wandering from the nearby forest.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Spring is our favourite time because it's quiet with an abundance of bright green foliage, colourful flowers and native birds. Summer is often very warm although wine tastings take place in the cool caves so the heat will not affect your ability to sample. Autumn is excellent because of the colours of the season and the unforgettable experience of joining in the harvest. Winter has a special treasure to offer here in the form of truffles.

It is best to stay for a week, but if you are short on time, try to stay for at least three nights.

WHERE TO GO?

  • The best wineries of the AOC Cahors are to be found in the Vallee du Lot and our tour guide, Birgit, has the most inspiring wine tours of the valley. This part, mainly west of Cahors, is where the iconic Malbec grape has originated.
  • The river Lot is winding through the valley and you could hire a boat and admire the scenery from the water, or get on board in Cahors for a short sightseeing on the Lot River. What the hills lack in height the make up for in splendour, and if you do choose to explore them take care as it can be steep and rough for walkers and mountain bikers alike. If you want to experience a magnificent view from the top, go to the viewpoint above Albas or hire an instructor for your first Parapente flight in Douelle.

 

DON'T MISS!

  • You must see the village of Rocamadour as it is the second most visited site in France after Paris. It hangs spectacularly on rocks, and is most impressive at night when all the lights are lit.
  • Buy a glass and taste your way through the caves in Albas during its famous wine festival Fete du Vin du Cahors, the third weekend of May.
  • Visit the world famous truffle market in Lalbenque, every Tuesday from December till March.
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