Tuesday, 6 November 2007


CAHORS, surrounded on three sides by on the River Lot, was the capital of the old province of Quercy. In its time, it has been a Gallic settlement; a Roman town; a briefly held Moorish possession; a town under English rule; a bastion of Catholicism in the Wars of Religion and sacked in consequence by Henri IV.

Pont ValentrĂ©. The unique 14th century fortified ValentrĂ© bridge. This medieval masterpiece is the city’s hallmark and said to be the most photographed sight in France, outside Paris. In the Middle Ages it was a well-worn part of the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela and is still used for the purpose even today. A splendid example of fourteenth century architecture.


Photo: CDT Lot Jean MaureillePhoto: CDT Lot Rachel RocherieuxPhoto: CDT Lot Jean Maureille

Towns and Places of Interest

Villefranche-du-Perigord is roughly halfway between towns of Bergerac (on the Dordogne river) and Cahors (on the river Lot). To the north is the famous medieval town of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Bordeaux is 120km to the east and Toulouse 100km to the south.

Situated on the border of the provinces of Dordogne and Lot, we are perfectly based to go exploring in 360' directions. The scale of the map below is 90 km (across) by 70 km.


I'm going to publish some data on the towns in the area and will link them back to this entry. Watch this space.


Villefranche du Perigord

Villefranche-du-Perigord is a classic medieval bastide town (1261) with large covered market. The French held it during the wars with England, who held the town of Monpazier about 15 miles away.

The village is renowned for its cepe market in late summer when people from miles around visit to buy the giant mushrooms. During the busy holiday period there are also antique fairs, musical festivals and night markets. There are a range of shops including a newsagents which sells international newspapers, two boulangeries, two restaurants and post office.  Market day is on a Saturday morning, which is not to be missed.

The address for Pech de la Mas (X marks the spot) is actually Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm but Villefranche-du-Perigord is the nearest village with full amenities.  The boys will go to school in Le Got about 10km away.