Discover

Villages of character in Quercy Southwest

 
Montaigu

A stroll in the heart of our villages

These villages have in common their proximity, the richness of their history, a strategic position offering magnificent panoramic views of the valleys and the surrounding countryside,  sites open to the public and animations highlighting a varied heritage of high quality.

Offering the possibility of sleeping and dining se restaurer, they are the ideal departure or arrival of a roundtrip to discover them all.

Lacour

In the XIth century, Lacour was a noble fief depending on the barony de Beauville. The seigneury of Lacour has then belonged to the House of Durfort which has played a very important role during the Hundred Years War. This charming small village of less than 200 inhabitants dominates, from the top of its 200 meters of altitude, the valley of the small Séoune, thus offering a magnificent panorama from the place of the village and the old castle, and houses at present the Town Hall, the Library and the Museum of  Rural Memory. Musée de la Mémoire Rurale.

Lacour offers visitors an interesting heritage with its three Romanesque churches: Notre Dame, classified M.H., in the heart of the village, whose romanesque capitals are remarkable, Saint Etienne de Castanède, registered M.H., isolated in a forested valley where emerges its surprising bell-tower-dungeon and Saint Julien De La Mothe, also registered M.H., with its triangular bell-tower-wall characteristic of religious buildings in the region.

At the entrance of the village, you can go down to the Fountain of the "Tuquelet" which formerly supplied the village with drinking water and which has been repaired by the Companions builders. On your stroll, you can also discover the traditional bread oven of the village and the "work" corral formerly used to immobilize the cattle so that the farrier could work without danger.

Lauzerte

Lauzerte has been classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France  « Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France », and stop on the St-James trail to compostela « Halte sur les Chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostelle ».
This city, a perfect example of  medieval architecture, organizes its houses around the church St-Barthélemy and the place of angles, one of the most beautiful in the region. The Ramparts evoke the role played by Lauzerte, torn between the English and the French during the Hundred Years War. The old houses, of gothic style or the Renaissance period, remind us that the City was also a paradise for the rich magistrates and prosperous merchants.

Le Jardin du Pèlerin The pilgrim's garden evokes in a playful and original way the importance of the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Leaflets for the visit of the medieval city, the garden of the Pilgrim and fun flyers for children are available at the tourism office.

Visite guidée générale, all year, after appointment for individuals and groups.

Guided thematic visits:
« Ronde de Nuit aux Flambeaux », on Friday evenings starting on july 13  until septembre 07 2018.
« Les gourmandises du moyen-age », (visit with appetizers) on Tuesday mornings from July 10  until August 28  2018.
"Aux celliers du roi" Inquiry game, Tuesday until Saturday from July 10 until  September 1st 2018.

Farmers market : On Saturday mornings (Place des Cornières), on Wednesday mornings (Faubourg d'Auriac).

Montaigu de Quercy

As if it was hooked to the hill, the village, labellized Green Station Station Verte, is part of the ramparts of the old castle, built at the end of XIIIth century to control the border between the Agenais and the Quercy, the shores of the small Séoune.

Beautiful bourgeois houses can be seen all along the street of the Brothers Quéméré, former shopping artery of the village, up to the place of the hotel of the city and the church of Saint Michel. Some beautiful medieval houses, tightened to the shelter of the castle, are still visible in the Street of the ancient ovens and the street of Coutelets. Below, the place of the fountain and its washhouse are the witnesses of the use of water up to the middle of the 20th century.

The town has eleven churches, of which the most notable are Our Lady of tastes and Saint Pierre of Pervillac, with its mural paintings of the XVth century classified M.H.

Leaflets for the visit of the village and fun brochures for children are available at the tourism office and for download.en téléchargement

Farmers market : On Saturday mornings, Producers market : On Wednesday mornings in July/August

Thematic guided tours, in summer:
Team Rallye :" around the castle" « Autour du Château », on Wednesdays July 11t until August 29  2018.

Roquecor

This village full of charm, with its flowery alleys, dominates the valley of the small Séoune with a point of spectacular view from the esplanade of the old castle, which still exists, at least parts of it.

When following the path "de ronde" (Departure from the Festival Hall), you come to the troglodytic site "Lou Roc of Nobis", where legend and history still coexist. A medieval wedding was held under the ramparts of the castle, the feast was in full swing, with force singing and drinking quarts, when suddenly, in an appalling fracas, a huge rock broke loose from the cliff and devoured forever the young spouses and their guests. The rock and the place where it detached are still visible, a pleasant stroll leads there from the village, showing also a fountain and a fortified door.

At a few steps from the village, the launderette, the Romanesque church of Saint Martin and a windmill punctuate the landscape.

Farmers market : On Sunday mornings.

 

Thematic guided tours, in summer: "Tracking the treasure of Roquecor village"Traquez le Trésor de Roquecor on Fridays from 13 July to 31 August 2018.