The Lot

On one side the Massif Central, on the other the Aquitaine. Between the two, the Lot, also known as Quercy. Happy as its rivers, secret as its causses, full of generous promises as its vineyards.

Between Valley and Causses

To the south of the department, the Lot has carved its whimsical course with the help of sine meanders through the large limestone plateau; the famous loops or cingles of the Lot. The Valley is bordered by high cliffs where the village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is perched. To the north, the Dordogne Valley crosses the department for about fifty kilometres. It is the valley of the Merveilles, with its proud castles, Castelnau-Bretenoux, Montal, and its exceptional villages, such as Carennac. Parallel during the Lot, the Célé Valley has nothing to envy them. this tributary of the Lot is also its replica in miniature: steep cliffs, charming villages and a major prehistoric site: the cave of the Pech-Merle.

The limestone plateaus, or causses, its land of moors and small oak forests, sprinkled with dry-stone constructions, are part of the territory of the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park. The department has four. the northernmost, the Causse de Martel, the least arid, is reminiscent of its neighbour Corrèze; between Dordogne and Lot, the Causse de Gramat is famous for its flagship sites, Rocamadour and the chasm of Padirac; between Célé and Lot, its reduction equivalent, the Causse de Cajarc is also called Causse de Gréalou; and on the other side of the high cliffs of Lot, the Causse de Limognes is the kingdom of the truffle.

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