Area/Leisure Activities

Discover the advantages of the region, sports, recreation, heritage and gastronomy: all the ingredients for a successful stay ..


The Lot department is well known to outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you prefer to hike, mountain bike or horse-ride, there are numerous marked paths you can enjoy, not forgetting the renowned Way of Saint James.


Navigate the waters of the Lot river and admire the contrasting scenery of our department from the river, passing through the green valley and limestone cliffs. Enjoy activities in the midst of a natural environment that is guaranteed to take your breath away. 


Bathe along the banks of the river Lot. Hire a barge and drift upstream, stop off for a picnic on one of the small beaches along the river and enjoy the tranquillity and surrounding landscape. Fishing is also an option.


Cultural visits

The Lot has 425 protected historical monuments. Discover our heritage which is rich in culture, history and legends, as well as our protected areas of natural beauty.

The Lot is also known as the ‘Land of Wonders ’ and alone boasts 5 major sites in the Midi-Pyrénées region, today called Occitanie: Figeac and its Champollion Museum, Cahors and its Valentré Bridge, Rocamadour clinging to its cliff, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (renowned for the Pech Merle Cave) overhanging the river, and the Dordogne Valley.

It also boasts 6 villages classified amongst ‘the most beautiful villages in France’: Autoire, Saint-CirqLapopie, Carrennac, Loubressac, Cardaillac and Capdenac le Haut.

You will also discover the ‘Les Causses du Quercy’ Regional Nature Park and its wide range of natural habitats: cliffs, screes, sinkholes, chasms, dry grasslands, rivers and oak forests.


The Lot awakens the taste buds and opens the appetite, the local specialties are numerous and authentic: foie gras, truffles, saffron, wine of Cahors, melon of Quercy, lamb farmer of Quercy, Rocamadour .... let yourself be tempted .. .

The truffle

Also known as the black diamond, this uniquely-flavoured mushroom is the area’s must-taste delicacy. Learn how to search for them using a dog or pig.

Cahors wine

Widely renowned, the Cahors wine is sourced from a thousand-year-old vineyard. Meet wine-growers who will share their passion for Malbec with you.

Lot cuisine

The Lot is overflowing with star-rated restaurants. All chefs opt for local produce with passion and tradition. Sample the authentic flavours!


The Lot, part of the Occitanie region, offers 3remarkable sites for foodies: avec :

 Lalbenque and its renowned Quercy black truffles

 Cajarc and its Quercy saffron

 Martel and its Périgord walnuts