EXPLORING THE REGION LOT, - SOUTH OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY
A stay in the Lot valley wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the regional capital of Cahors (42km). The streets and monuments in the city testify to the rich history, from Roman times into the middle ages. Visit the Saint-Etienne cathedral, the Valentré-bridge and the ruins of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre to immerse yourself in the history.
Close to the camping you can also go questing for real dinosaur footprints in “la Plage aux Pterosaures” (28km), stroll through the valley of the Lot and the Cahors vineyards. Be amazed by the craggy cliffs of Bouziès (67km) and go gallivanting through medieval villages like Puy-l’Évêque (10km) and Saint Cirq-Lapopie (68km). The prehistoric cave of Pech-Merle (65km) is also worth a visit! Furthermore, the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot (35km) or the almost completely walled village of Pujols (40km) and Gourdon prove excellent day-trips.
Saint Cirq-Lapopie, dominating the landscapes of the Lot valley from high upon its rock, counts as one of the most remarkable villages of France. The village, entirely classified as historical monument, has been voted as France’s most loved village. Charmed by the location, look and feel, numerous artists, poets and writers have called it home, most notable among them poet André Breton.
Lying high above the Lot river, the village is an idyllic sight with its stone houses with brown roof tiles in harmony with the gothic church rising up on the edge of the cliff. The small streets and alleys of the village are filled with flowers and provide a wonderful stroll in between the galleries and craft shops
Rocamadour, The village of Rocamadour, a holy and an important pilgrimage town pinned on its lime cliff, dominates the Alzou ravine. After Mont Saint-Michel, Rocamadour is the most visited place in France.
After the 216 steps of the Great Stairway to the church square, pilgrims and tourists alike discover the seven sanctuaries of Rocamadour among wich the Chapel of the Notre-Dame, the Saint-Sauveur basilisk and the chapel of Saint-Michel. Especially worth a visit is the chapel of the Notre-Dame which contains a statue of the Black Madonna from the 12th century A.D.
Also located on the church square is the entrance to the museum of sacred art that houses a collection of religious art pieces of the town. The top of the medieval village, or the ramparts from the former fortress offer an absolutely stunning view of the Alzou ravine and the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy.
Hikers can also visit the beautiful stalagmites, stalactites and 20.000 year old cave paintings when visiting the pre-historic Cave of Wonders.
The bustling old city of Cahors, built on a peninsula along the banks of the Lot, offers a cozy atmosphere with its alleys and architecture. The Valentré Bridge, symbol of the city and built in the 14th century, is now registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This fortified structure with pillar heads is special because it has three towers. This makes this bridge unique in the world! Perfectly visible from the beautiful shore. You can also view the bridge during a boat trip through the meanders of the Lot.
The castle of Bonaguil, (amost around the corner) a gem of medieval architecture, located between Perigord and Quercy, near Fumel, is one of the most beautiful castles in France.
This castle, built in the 13th century and subsequently changed and expanded at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century by baron Bérenger de Roquefeuil, has an impressive defense system. In its history it did not undergo any military attack. It was so cleverly built that no one tried it, I think.. Bonaguil Castle is the perfect example of the evolution of architecture. It takes you back to the time of the knights with its donjon, towers, casemates, canons, drawbridge and canals .
The top of the donjon has a terrace and offers a beautiful view of the whole of the castle and the green landscape around it. The favorite castle of the family.
The first week of August during the festival of Bonaguil-Fumel there are various theater pieces in the castle and in the Nature Theater of Fumel.
Gouffre de Padirac, The abyss of Padirac, a natural hollow with 33 meters diameter and 75 meters deep, Located on the Causse de Gramat, formed when a vault collapsed. At the bottom of the abyss, at 103 meters below the ground to be precise, flows an underground river. There are boats waiting for a 500 meter trip across the river, then you continue walking. The Rain Lake with its Pendeloque (gigantic stalactite), the Grand Gours room with its beautiful lake and finally the Grand Dôme room and its impressive vault of 94 meters high.
You better take an extra sweater for the cave, at least I thought it was very cool.
The decorated rock of Pech-Merle, located in Cabrerets, in the charming valley of the Célé, is an important prehistoric site. Discovered in 1922 and opened to the public in 1926. The cave contains many dripstones and remarkable rock paintings. Against a background of stalactites, stalagmites and dripstone curtains you will find many prehistoric drawings, paintings and engravings of human silhouettes, horses, mammoths, bison and bears.
The river Lot, a tributary of the Garonne, flows through green landscapes.
In the Quercy, this gentle valley is famous for:
- its vineyards of the Cahors wine
- Saint-Cirq-Lapopie the beautiful hilltop village
- Puy-l'Évêque a medieval village in the heart of the wine region
- the castle of Cénevières, castle and Renaissance palace
- Cahors and Figeac, the two Art and history towns of the Quercy
Tip: A cruise by boat on the water of the Lot is also a great way to discover the many treasures of this valley,
I recommend a lovely day out in Sarlat. On its market you will find artists who will surprise you with their act or goods. There is a wide range of small (spicially) shops with art and clothing,. You will find many, nice, restaurants and the atmosphere is always cozy
Camping open from april 1, till october 1.
Reception: Open from 08:00 to 21:00, gate closes at 22:00.
ACSI Club ID accepted as valid ID.
Booking is advised for stay during high season (July 1st - August 31st)
Languages spoken by the team: Dutch, French, German, English
Free Wi-Fi all over the campsite
Bar and recreation
Live music, pool and dart nights
BBQ preferably on gas, coal is allowed
Snackbar with, of course, pizza. Healthy meals prepared with fresh ingredients available as well (in high season)
Camping store with daily fresh bread and basic groceries (in high season)
Your dog is welcome provided he’s vaccinated and on a line.
Our photographer makes your most beautiful family photo
Our masseur helps you with neck- and shoulder issues (RSI)
swimming pool (22 metres long!) No SHORTS please.
Play equipment for the small children and a natural play environment
Multi-use sports/activity field, soccer, volleyball
Jeu de boules court
Fishing spots, canoe and swimming in the river
Washer, dryer and ironing facilities available
Also suitable for camper vans> 8 m and> 4 tonnes
Deposit box for chemical toilets
Water tapping point up to 50 meters
Electrical connection possible 10 ampere, euro plug (CEE) necessary
We ask smokers to keep in mind that there are non-smokers on the campsite.
Tourist tax euro 0.60 / p.p.p.d. over 17 years from 01-05 to 30-09-2018.
Environmental contribution 0.25 p.p.p.d.
No checks are accepted.
Camping Le Clos Bouyssac
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