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Location of Roc de Lapalue
Great Things to Do Near Roc de Lapalue
Just over an hour's drive, passing Cahors, will take you to St Cirq Lapopie, a village with the accolade of 'Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France'. A very impressive place with a view to match. Best visited late afternoon or early evening when the tour buses have left. At the foot of the village you can visit the cave of Pech Merle with its superb prehistoric art.
Les Arques, a hidden gem
The small village of Les Arques (38km) harbours a surprising wealth of culture and interest. The Zadkine museum features the work of Ossip Zadkine, a Russian born sculptor & artist who settled there in 1934. You can view some of his prestigious works and documents that illustrate his life. Five of Zadkine's sculptures enliven the village and some of his religious works are presented in the Saint-André chapel near the museum. You can also go for a lovely walk in the surrounding woods and round off the outing with a meal at the highly regarded local restaurant.
Fun for kids and big kids!
CapNature near Cahors is a outdoor activity park with treetrop adventure courses, paintball, zorb/bubble football, laser-tag, climbing and kayaking.
Visit Moissac and its cloister
With the 76 Romanesque capitals of its beautiful cloister, and its tympanum (sculpted relief over the doorway) which appeared in Jean-Jacques Annaud's well-known film 'The Name of the Rose', Saint Peter's Abbey is a world famous building.
Spend the day at the Cité de L'Espace,
just outside Toulouse - perfect for adults and older children. Here is a showcase for the space technology that happens in Toulouse. There are some excellent interactive exhibitions and shows with guided tours and lectures available. You can spend a day here or combine it with a visit to the Airbus factory, Europe's largest aircraft factory. Here guided tours take 1½ hours and must be booked in advance. It is great for older kids and the extended tour includes Concorde.
The village of Montcuq
Montcuq is only a 5 minute drive away and is a lovely bastide town with pretty much everything you need. It has the essentials (supermarket, bakery, butcher) as well as interesting boutiques to discover, including a lovely salon de thé-cum-bookshop, which hosts concerts in the garden. And of course, there are cafes and restaurants and finally, the weekly market is held on Sundays.
Messing about on the river
Head north to the River Lot for a day messing about on the river: there are plenty of spots along the river where you can enjoy active pursuits such as canoeing, rafting, hiring a pedalo and paddleboards, and swimming. A more leisurely way to see the river is on a boat trip - head to Puy l'Eveque, Cahors, Bouziès or Saint Ciry Lapopie where boat companies offer a variety of trips on the gabarres (flat bottomed boats).
The Little Montcuquois
Head to Rue du Petit Rapporteur and see if you can spot the 'The Little Montcuquois', a wooden carving standing 94cm tall. This little character bears the symbols of Montcuq: the village's coat of arms on his shoulder, a pilgrim's staff (on the way to Compostela) and a palm leaf. A local sculptor donated it to the village and it is said that caressing its backside brings good luck!
Medieval Festival in Lauzerte last weekend in August
Minstrels, knights, craftsmen, medieval food and drinks, battles, music, juggling, strolling, street theatre, fire show and concerts come together for a fun filled weekend at the end of August in Lauzerte. Lauzerte itself is a wonderful town to explore at any time during the summer. It is classed as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' and with its streets lined with limestone white buildings it is easy to see why.
On the road to Compostela
Montcuq is one of the villages on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, so you may spot a walker or two in the area. The church in the heart of the town as well as the Chapel of Rouillac, are places of passage where the pilgrims stop. Discover the beautiful stained glass windows.
|Saint Cirq Lapopie||1 Hr|
|Bilbao||5 Hrs 20 mins|
|Santander||6 Hrs 10 mins|
|St Malo||7 Hrs 25 mins|
|Caen||7 Hrs 30 mins|
|Le Havre||8 Hrs|
|Dieppe||8 Hrs 20 mins|
|Cherbourg||8 Hrs 40 mins|
|Roscoff||8 Hrs 50 mins|
|Toulouse||1 Hr 25 mins|
|Bergerac||1 Hr 35 mins|
|Bordeaux||2 Hrs 20 mins|
|Agen (TGV)||1 Hr 10 mins|
|Toulouse-Matabiau (TGV)||1 Hr 30 mins|
|Bordeaux St Jean (TGV)||2 Hrs 30 mins|