Although the weather in the Lot-region is quite beautiful in summer, we must have picked the wrong period. During our stay in the ‘Cahors’-area, we had nothing but rain for four straight days. Frustrating? Not at all, because some of the villages don’t lose their charm in the rain!

One of those villages is Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, about 25km from the city of Cahors. Even though is a small town with a population of 200, it is one of the most known villages in the whole of the ‘Occitane’-region. It was even voted n°1 in the ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages’ – most beautiful villages – contest in France. We just had to visit it when we were in the area!

But what makes this such a lovely destination? Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river is definitely one of the main reasons. Second, the the entire town looks like a museum. A bit like my hometown Bruges, but smaller. And less touristic!


Doesn’t this town just grow on you? The beautiful small streets, the authentic feel of it all? Everywhere you look, you bump into some magnificent, photogenic views. Oh my.. After getting soaked for an hour, we had some lunch in ‘Auberge du Sombral’. It got a big thumbs up in the GaultMilliau-restaurant guide & tripadvisor as well. Big thumbs up from us as well!

More about Saint-Cirq-Lapopie:

  • Location: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is located 30 km east of Cahors, within the regional natural park Parc naturel régional des Causses du Quercy. Follow the road D662. Parking spaces are indicated.
  • What to do: check calendar here
  • What to see: I’d recommend you just walk around, but if you want to plan your trip, click here for more info about what to see