France, Lot, historic Pont Valentre fortified bridge in Cahors
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Between rivers, orchards, vineyards and historic cities
The trek begins in Aiguillon, a few steps from the Canal des Deux-Mers, and reaches Cahors 160km further along. In Clairac, in the middle of prune country, it winds alongside the river, among lush orchards and within view of villages nestled into its meanders (Castelmoron-sur-Lot, Ste-Livrade-sur-Lot) as far as the pretty medieval city of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. The hillsides and vineyards will then emerge followed by the chateaux and hillside villages (Monsempron-Libos, Fumel, Albas). Finally, Cahors, the capital of Quercy, is an amazing town of art and history. The Pont-Valentré, the exceptional medieval heritage, the regional gastronomy and the wine all combine to make this an unforgettable trip.
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Canal des 2 Mers (Clairac)Cahors
Your trek begins in Aiguillon, a confluence of the Garonne and Lot: here you are on the véloroute heading towards Clairac, a picturesque village with many timber-framed houses. In a landscape of orchards producing the prune d’ente and dotted with pretty farms, dovecotes, small chateaux, you arrive in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Savour the majestic entrance by the Pujols Tower, the Pont-Vieux (13th century) and the chapel of Bout-du-Pont before heading to the beautiful Place Lafayette.
You leave Villeneuve-sur-Lot via the Tour de Paris. In Penne-d’Agenais, head up to the Sanctuaire ND-de-Peyragude: its silver cupola is amazing and the view over the River Lot is beautiful. Monsempron-Libos and Fumel are two neighbouring hilltop villages where you can enjoy walks between chateaux, gardens and old houses. The landscape continues to evolve with growing numbers of vineyards and small ports on the Lot. In Castelfranc, your next stop, you can enjoy the belfry wall of the 14th century church and the Jardin des Sens.
You will see the village of Albas, proudly perched on its peak, from a distance, as well as the dominant keep in Luzech, nestled in an almost sealed meander of the Lot. Some chateaux and wineries further afield and you are in Cahors. Take the time to visit the city which is beautiful. Admire the famous Pont Valentré and its three 14th century fortified towers and explore its medieval houses in an exceptional protected area. And, finally, enjoy its gastronomy, its regional produce and wine!
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