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Today we take you to a small medieval village in the south-west of France called Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Why talk about such a small village? Because it's stunningly beautiful. And it was voted as France's favorite village in 2012, which says a lot when you consider how many gorgeous villages there are in France!
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is in the department of the Lot in the south-west of France, right along the Lot river. It makes for a lovely day-trip from Toulouse, which is how we recommend you see it.
What You Need to Know About Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
The architecture in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is very different from what we see in Toulouse even though it's not that far. This area is also called Les Causses du Quercy, les causses meaning limestone cliffs, which also feature scrub forest and live oak. As a matter of fact, another name for live oak is "quercus". This is one area where black truffles love to grow. It's a dry area with little pasture land and most livestock is sheep. Because of all those limestone cliffs, you also find a lot of caves in the area, and prehistorical cave art, which we'll talk about in another episode.
Is It Worth Staying Overnight in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie?
You may wonder if it's worth staying overnight in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. I think it depends on what you're looking for. I like to stay overnight right in the center of cities so I can enjoy the night-life and have breakfast in the local buzz. If that's what you like too, then staying in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is not a good choice. There will be no night-life whatsoever in the village or near the village!
You may want to stay in nearby Cahors or Toulouse instead.
Learn More: Destinations in the Toulouse Area
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Discussed in this Episode
- Scenic Drive Between Cahors and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
- Chemin de Halage or Towpath
- Les châteaux des Anglais: Bouziès and Brengues
- Renaissance chateaux: Château de Cénevières or Château deLarroque-Toirac