The beautiful Lot Valley spans five French départments – Lozère, Cantal, Aveyron, Lot and Lot-et-Garonne. The Lot river, whose source is 1,200 metres up Mont Lozere, winds its way through the valley, a backdrop of unspoilt natural beauty filled with medieval bastides, abbeys and castles, and a living culture that allows visitors to step back in time and discover a corner of France as it was

Lot Valley 1Image © Entente Valley du Lot

Five of the best reasons to visit the Lot Valley:

  • Taste the outdoors: Stunning landscapes (none more so than the dramatic landscapes of the Aubrac Peninsula at the eastern end of the valley), picturesque villages, a region that has been a favourite muse of French artists for centuries, and home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife of butterflies, birds, insects and flowers
  • Outdoor activities: Mess about on the river boating, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, canyoning, tubing and white water rafting. Stick to dry land by horse riding, hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling and fishing, take to the air by hang-gliding or head underground and try caving
  • Relax and rejuvenate: There are several thermal springs in the Upper Lot Valley, and the spring in the village of Chaude Aigues in the Cantal has the hottest thermal spring in Europe at 82˚C. The spa La Chaldette in Lozère, at an altitude of 1000 metres, is also a must
  • Take a journey through time: The region is home to some of Europe’s most impressive pre-historic cave art, and centuries-old castles, abbeys, bastides and mediaeval villages survive as they were, including the Roman abbey at Conques (Aveyron), the castle Château de Cénevières, St Cirq Lapopie in the Lot, and the beautiful Bastide of Montflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne
  • Traditional food and drink: The Lot Valley is most famous for its duck produce, its cheeses – Roquefort and Cantal, and its wines – Cahors, Marcillac, Le Fel et Estaing amongst others.

The Lot Valley inhabitants, conscious of their treasure, try to keep the nature intact and offer numerous sustainable accommodations, restaurants and activities.