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Villages and Towns in the LOT

Frayssinet-le-Gélat

Frayssinet-le-Gélat is a village of pretty honey-stone houses with flowers at the windows, along with a pleasant café-restaurant, a good baker and a little grocery. The village dates back to the 13th century and derives its name from the Latin word for ‘ash tree’, and the French for ‘frozen’. It is a typical Lot village, set in a wooded area, close to the borders with the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne departments. There is much of interest within easy reach, from prehistoric caves to châteaux as well as the vineyards of Cahors and a host of picturesque villages along the river Lot.

Martel

Situated in the north of the Lot, close to the Dordogne and Corréze borders, Martel is a very pretty town which grew wealthy thanks to its walnut trade. Many of its picturesque medieval buildings remain, including the seven towers that give the town its nickname ‘la ville aux sept tours’, a particularly fine market ‘halle’, and the Palais de la Raymondie – now the Tourist Office. A tourist steam train departs from Martel station, and other interesting possibilities nearby include the biggest collection of reptiles in France at Reptiland, and over 35 species of orchid at Les Orchidées de Vincent in Puy Lombry.

Les Arques

Built on a limestone promontory, the village of Les Arques offers a horizon of wooded hills to the passer-by. The village is only tiny but extremely pretty and full of charm! There is a château, a Roman church, and a museum celebrating the sculptor Zadkine, whose works and influence can be seen all around the village and who really put it on the map. Walking along the little narrow streets, visitors can discover a beautiful 12th century priory, around which the village was built.

Duravel

The village of Duravel is located in the Lot département, with the River Lot and Cahors vines on one side and gentle hills covered by the chestnut forests of Bouriane on the other. Duravel’s old church and stone houses, set along tranquil narrow streets, are sheltered by a wooded hillside. The varied landscapes of the surrounding countryside – hills, woods, pastures, vineyards, riverside – provide plenty of possibilities for a stroll. Although it looks a fairly unassuming village, Duravel has many things to discover as it was a strategic place in Roman times. It used to have a fortress then a priory founded by Clovis, the first Franc king. In the 12th century church there is a crypt sheltering the tombs of three saints.

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