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Saint Céré - a lovely mediaeval market town

The bustling market town of Saint Céré, in the Lot department of the vast Midi-Pyrénées region of south-west France, is packed with mediaeval charm. It benefits too from its glorious setting on the River Bave, amid the Lot's beautiful countryside. Saint Céré makes a great base from which to explore the region and many sites of interest are within easy reach.

Charming and full of heritage

The town's charm is instantly evident, as the half-timbered houses and quaint mediaeval streets capture the eye. There are two main squares in the mediaeval centre of town, and the surrounding buildings offer plenty for heritage lovers. Further attractions include the castle, where a collection of works by the artist and Resistance worker Jean Lurçat can still be seen, the church and the lovely riverside walks.

Markets and festivals on offer

Markets of the traditional kind are held in town every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, and there is also a great selection of shops and restaurants. Saint Céré enjoys its festivities too, with a superb annual music festival lasting for a month (mid July to mid August), showcasing classical music and opera.

Visit the pilgrim town of Rocamadour

The Lot has a location in the region that allows you to easily reach many diverse attractions, from the Atlantic coast and surf towns like Biarritz, to the cosmopolitan resorts of the Mediterranean. Places to visit include the beautiful local towns such as the pilgrim town of Rocamadour, the bastide town of Bretenoux and the historic city of Toulouse. You will never be stuck for ideas for a day out.

Get active or go wine tasting

Driving, cycling, walking or pony trekking is a wonderful way to discover the calm, rural interior, or you can go climbing, hiking or skiing in the Pyrénéan Mountains. Activities available locally are golf, tennis, swimming, fishing and wine tasting (Cahors produces a superb deep red wine, definitely worth a try!).

How to get there

There is quite a choice of airports to fly into to access the town. Take your pick from Rodez, Toulouse, Bergerac or the new airport just south of Brive la Gaillarde, called Brive Vallée de la Dordogne, which is definitely the closest. Currently (2011) only seasonal flights are operating from here, but this may change at any time. Meanwhile Rodez is served by Ryanair; Toulouse by Air France, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe and Jet2; and Bergerac by Ryanair and Flybe. TGV trains will take you swiftly to Brive or Toulouse, from where you can take a local service to nearby Gramat. If you are driving, you will find the town along the D803/D673. The nearest major roads are the A20 auto route and the N122 Route Nationale.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Céré

The Lot has seen property values rise due to increased ease of access thanks to low cost airlines and TGV routes, and it is now a sought after destination. That said, property may not be as expensive as you might surmise, and still bears excellent comparison with other desirable areas of France and certainly with Britain. Country properties abound in this area, and there are still renovation projects to be found if you like the idea of doing the work yourself.

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Saint Céré AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Céré?

Saint Céré is located in the south-west of France, in the north-west of the Lot department.

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Midi-Pyrénées Guide

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Population: 3,540

Access: By air: Fly to Brive, Rodez, Toulouse or Bergerac. By rail: Take the TGV to Brive or Toulouse and link to local services. By road: The town lies near to both the A20 auto route and the N122 Route Nationale, and is located on the D803/D673.

Economy: The economy includes tourism, commerce and agriculture.

Interesting fact: Saint Céré was the home of the artist and French Resistance worker Jean Lurçat.

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