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Villeneuve sur Lot - a bastide town on the River Lot

The town of Villeneuve sur Lot is located in south-west France, in the department of Lot-et-Garonne. It lies right on the River Lot, near the departmental capital of Agen. In fact, the town is cut into two unequal parts by the flow of the river, the two sections being linked by a very impressive arched stone bridge. The town was originally built as a bastide, one of the distinctive grid patterned towns that so characterise this area of France, and although much of the original town remains, a whole lot more of Villeneuve sur Lot has sprung up around it! Don't jump to the conclusion that this is necessarily a bad thing, however, as actually it results in a feeling of a town very much in touch with reality rather than a town that has been falsely preserved as a tourist trap.

All laid on...

If you are looking to settle or to buy a holiday property in a town where the living is easy, and all mod cons are laid on without difficulty, Villeneuve sur Lot could be the very place. The town is quite large and very well equipped. There are plenty of shops, banks, restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and other essentials such as schools and medical care. You will want for nothing!

Villeneuve sur Lot and its historical town centre

The old bastide town gives Villeneuve sur Lot an appealing historical centre, and although there may be more charismatic bastides, the town is certainly worth seeing. The central square is typical of a bastide town, and a very pleasant place to spend a summer's afternoon, wandering, shopping and sipping coffee... or wine!

Strategic position

If you want to explore the many and myriad glories of south-west France, then there could hardly be a better base to do it from than Villeneuve sur Lot. The town lies in a wonderfully strategic position between Bordeaux and Toulouse, and it is close to the jewel-like beauty of the little towns of Pujols and Penne d'Agennais.

Golfers' paradise

France has been slower than some countries on the uptake when it comes to understanding the popularity of the game of golf, but this is definitely not the case in Villeneuve sur Lot, where aficionados of the game can access a superb course at the Villeneuve sur Lot Golf and Country Club. Of course, if golf isn't your bag then there is also tennis, swimming, horse-riding, cycling and walking available locally, so no need to feel left out!

How to get there

The nearest airports for accessing Villeneuve sur Lot are found at Bordeaux, Toulouse and Bergerac. Bordeaux is served by British Airways, bmibaby, Aer Lingus and easyJet; Toulouse by British Airways, easyJet, bmi and Jet2; and finally Bergerac by flybe and Ryanair. The variety of airlines and departure points from around the UK make the town easy to reach... and as if this weren't enough, there is also the option of taking the TGV after leaving the Eurostar at Paris.

Property prices and availability in and around Villeneuve sur Lot

Property in Villeneuve sur Lot is popular because of its great location in the south-west of France. It isn't too pricey, though, and it is still possible to snap up a bargain if you keep an eye on the market.

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Villeneuve sur Lot AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Villeneuve sur Lot?

Villeneuve sur Lot is found in south-western France. It lies in the north-east of the Lot-et-Garonne department.

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IN THE REGION OF AQUITAINE

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LOT-ET-GARONNE

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Population: 22,782


Access: By air: Fly to Toulouse, Bordeaux or Bergerac with a choice of airlines. By rail: There are TGV stations at Bordeaux and Toulouse.


Economy: The economy is strongly based on agriculture, in particular the production of the famed Agen plums and prunes. The preserving and canning of produce and the manufacture of shoes and boots are also of significance.


Interesting fact: Villeneuve sur Lot has a good many original historical features, but unlike many bastide towns it is not set up to be a tourist attraction... so you need to explore the town properly to find them!

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