Cahors, a medieval town built on a near-island in a meander of the River Lot, is the county town of the département.
Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Etienne, topped by two domes, and admire its Romanesque portal with its remarkable sculpted tympanum. Don’t miss the cloister and its magnificent inner courtyard either.
A symbol of the town, Pont Valentré was built in the 14th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable fortified edifice, flanked by crenellated spandrels, is distinguished by its three towers.
The “Secret Gardens” feature various themes relating to the golden age of medieval Cahors, such as the “Moorish Garden”, a haven of peace inspired by the Moorish palaces of Andalusia and Morocco. These 25 spaces are maintained in an eco-responsible manner and have won numerous awards for their charm in the narrow streets of the town.
The Henri Martin Museum is housed in the former residence of the Bishops of Cahors. The building houses works by the post-impressionist painter Henri Martin (1860-1943).
Musée de la Résistance: For the best view of the town (preferably at sunset), climb Mont Saint-Cyr, the hill overlooking the town.
Don’t miss the Square Oliver de Magny, lined with magnificent medieval houses, and the Hôtel de Roaldès, also known as the Maison Henri IV.
Stroll through the shopping streets and treat yourself to one of the many gastronomic establishments, not forgetting, of course, the ‘red’ Cahors.