The Lot department has all the makings of a great department. It draws its character from its causses carved by the valleys of the Lot, the Dordogne and the Célé. With its six most beautiful villages in France (Carennac, Loubressac, Autoire, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Capdenac-le-Haut and Cardaillac), its large sites, a preserved environment and exceptional natural spaces, the territory is a must in the Occitanie region, as all tourist guides indicate. You must discover Rocamadour clinging to the cliff, Gourdon perched on a hill, Cahors and its Valentré fortified bridge, Figeac and its Champollion-Les Écritures du monde museum, Saint-Céré and its Renaissance houses, Puy-l'Évêque to be contemplated from the bridge to see the succession of castles, churches and large houses of the 14th and 15th centuries... Man and nature have left their traces in the cave of Pech Merle, the abyss of Padirac, the cave of Lacave, that of Merveilles or of Presque. The valleys of Célé, Verse or Ouysse offer tourists the opportunity to hike, swim, canoe and discover beautiful small villages. Rural architecture is typical with its dry-stone walls, its cazelles (dry-stone shepherd's huts), its carts, its wash houses... Land of excellent local products and gastronomy, the Lot awakens the taste buds with truffles, foie gras, farm lamb from Quercy, melon from Quercy, rocamadour, saffron or Cahors and malbec wines

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When to go in the Lot? Summer is the best time to enjoy the rivers, follow tours in the valleys of the Dordogne, Lot or Célé, explore the Causses du Quercy regional nature park, visit the Cahors vineyard or discover the most beautiful villages. The Lot also invites you to experience the rhythm of major events, whether it is to enjoy the Rocamadour cheese festival at the Pentecost weekend, or the Lot of Saveurs in Cahors, in early July, to attend the Cahors Blues Festival, where most concerts are free, the Souillac Jazz festival, the Happy Days music in Gourdon or the Théâtre de Figeac festival in late July and early August, to participate in contemporary music concerts at the end of July during L'Ecaussystème in Gignac, to listen to a famous opera at the end of July and beginning of August during the Saint-Céré festival or to take a look at the Mongolfiades, a European gathering of hot air balloons that takes place on the fourth weekend of September in the breathtaking site of Rocamadour.

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