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Saint Cirq Lapopie - one of the most beautiful villages in France

The accolade of being named as one of the most beautiful villages in France isn't lightly given. Especially as France is a country with many beautiful villages. But, in the case of Saint Cirq Lapopie, the title is justly awarded. This mediaeval village is a gem. It lies in a dominant position, looking down onto the River Lot and its surrounding countryside, and is so picturesque that it attracts hundreds of visitors almost every day.

Getting to know Saint Cirq Lapopie

Once you have made the ascent to the village, which lies on a rocky hilltop, a real pleasure awaits you. The mediaeval heritage is plain to see, with the exquisite houses built in true local materials and style, giving the impression of being straight out of a fairytale. Heritage lovers will also enjoy visiting the various small museums scattered about the village.

Amenities on offer

Saint Cirq Lapopie also offers a number of small shops, although it must be said, in order to cater to the tourist trade, many are gift and craft shops. It's great for taking home a memento of your visit, but when you want to get the weekly shopping in, you're probably better off jumping into the car and heading off to Cahors. That said, you will find boulangeries and other useful local shops within the village itself. And Saint Cirq Lapopie is well equipped with extremely enticing eateries, but bear in mind that there may be competition for tables in high season!

Outdoor activities to enjoy near Saint Cirq Lapopie

The village, remote as it may seem on its lofty hilltop, is actually well placed for finding fun things to do and great places to visit. Outdoor activities on offer locally include golf, caving, hiking, mountain biking and river sports.

Explore the history and heritage of Cahors and don't forget the wine!

If you're looking for places to visit, the lovely wine town of Cahors is a must. Famed for its superb, full bodied deep red wine, the town also offers a tasty local cuisine, packed with the rich flavours of duck and garlic. There's more to do in Cahors than just eat and drink though, pleasurable as that is. Take time to discover the history and heritage of the town, which includes the fabulous Pont Valentre.

Visit stunning Rocamadour and the Parc Naturel Regional des Causses

If you have found you simply can't get enough of perched villages and stunning countryside, Rocamadour is another hilltop village that is well worth a visit. You might also choose to spend some time enjoying the marvels of nature in the Parc Naturel Regional des Causses.

How to get there

Rodez and Brive are the nearest airports. Toulouse, a little further away but still perfectly accessible, offers a larger choice of flights. Train travel on the super-fast TGV will take you to Cahors or Toulouse. Finally, if driving (and you will need a car when staying or living in Saint Cirq Lapopie), you'll find the village near to the A20 motorway, on the D8.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Cirq Lapopie

It's not often that property in the village comes onto the market, but when it does it is quickly snapped up. If you can't find your perfect property in the village itself, though, don't despair. There are many surrounding villages and hamlets that offer reasonably priced property within easy reach of Saint Cirq Lapopie.

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Saint Cirq Lapopie AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Cirq Lapopie?

Saint Cirq Lapopie lies towards the south-west of France, slightly to the south of the centre of the Lot department.

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IN THE REGION OF MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

Midi-Pyrénées Guide

Midi-Pyrénées Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LOT

Lot Guide

  Lot Map


Population: 207


Access: By air: Fly to Rodez or Brive. By rail: Travel by TGV to Cahors, Toulouse or Montauban. By road: The town lies near the A20 motorway, on the D8.


Economy: The economy now relies mainly on tourism for its income.


Interesting fact: The director of the Tourist Office famously once said that the village is so far off the beaten track that you have to really want to get there to visit. And it seems that plenty of people do!


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