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Le Lot en Occitanie

Vallée de la Dordogne

The region

Abbey church in Souillac, Dordogne Valley Le Causse du Quercy is located in the department of the Lot – once known as Quercy – just a stone's throw from the department of the Dordogne (formerly Périgord) in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southwest France, equidistant from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees.

Le Causse du Quercy is part of la France profonde – a region steeped in tradition, where preservation of the architectural heritage and natural beauty is paramount. The area is renowned for its gastronomy (foie gras, confit de canard, lamb, goat cheese, and the robust red wines of Cahors and Bergerac), prehistoric cave paintings and centuries-old stone villages and cathedrals. It is on the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela, marked the border between England and France during the Hundred Years’ War and played a key role in the French Resistance during World War II.

Sarlat Your stay at Le Causse du Quercy lends itself to a host of outdoor activities in addition to our heated pool. The Dordogne River that winds its way through Quercy/Périgord and that was for centuries one of the main trade routes from the Massif Central to Bordeaux is just 10 minutes away, offering swimming, canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. You can literally walk out the door to hike through oak and juniper forests, fields and hamlets; an 18-hole golf course is a 5-minute drive away; and there are excellent facilities for cycling and horseback riding.

Other attractions in the vicinity are outdoor marketplaces, spectacular natural sites, vineyards and wine-tasting, theme parks and cultural events, including a plethora of music festivals, from jazz and blues to country music and classical.

Not to be missed within easy driving distance:
  • Rocamadour, a splendid stopping point for medieval (and modern) pilgrims
  • the stunning sites of Beynac and La Roque Gageac, carved from the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne River.
  • flat-bottomed riverboat cruises, hot-air ballooning, and numerous castles and museums
  • Hot air ballooning on the Dordogne River at Beynac
  • a slew of charming old villages and several world-class restaurants renowned for their regional specialties
Geographically, we are:
  • 10 minutes from Souillac, a pleasant and easygoing town with lively street fairs, an annual jazz festival, 12th-century Romanesque church and Europe's largest museum of old automatons and mechanical toys
  • 10 minutes from the Dordogne River
  • 30 minutes from Sarlat, a handsomely preserved medieval town
  • 45 minutes from the Lascaux Caves and other prehistoric cave sites
winter view from Le Causse du Quercy