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The Départements through which the river Lot flows are, from its source, Lozère, Cantal, Aveyron, Lot and Lot-et-Garonne. In 1980, the five local government bodies set up an organisation called l'Entente to coordinate and run Lot Valley development. Its task: to continue the economic, environmental, tourist and hydraulic development of the Valley.
An ambitious economic development programme covering waterway tourism and the valorisation of the environment fixed the major objectives : to facilitate the growth of a new tourist destination, while preserving the environment.

 

After 40 years of hard work the Lot Valley is on the point of becoming THE tourist destination not to be missed.

 

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Cahors vineyards

The Cahors wines stand out

For the past few years, the AOC* Cahors has been classifying amongst the 100 best wines in the world.

The two specialist American magazines Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast just rated 3 vineyards from the Lot Valley (in Soturac and Vire-sur-Lot) amongst the 100 best wines in the world.

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Estofinado

Only in the Lot Valley : the Estofinado

It is more than a dish, it is the whole story of the Lot river you will find in your plate. Based on stockfish (dried unsalted cod) that the Nordic boatmen brought with them when they used to transport goods along the Lot two centuries ago.

In the 18th century, Bordeaux was a big market place for the cod trade and the fishmen used to take the dry fish back to the Lot Valley, hanging it at the front of the gabarre, bathing in the river, it was then arriving rehydrated and perfectly tender for consumption! Cheese, wood, coal, wheat, etc. were conveyed by boat on the river Lot that had been navigable since the Middle Ages. Boatmen then brought back salt, spices and stockfish from the harbour of Bordeaux.

  • 800 g of stockfish, or salted dried cod fish
  • 600 g potatoes for mash
  • 150 ml walnut oil
  • 150 ml crème fraîche
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • bunch of parsley
  • salt and pepper

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Aubrac

Follow the St James Way in the Lot Valley

The Lot Valley opens its byways to pilgrims following the Way of St. James (Santiago de Compostela) from all over Europe. From Lozère to Lot, natural beauty of all kinds will speed you on your pilgrimage.

 

UNESCO world heritage listed

The Way of Saint James crosses France by four different routes which all lead to Compostela in Spain (Galicia), the burial place of St James (Saint-Jacques in French, Santiago in Spanish - all signposts in France referring to St James' Way are marked "Chemin de Saint Jacques").

Each year thousands of pilgrims travel this road, over the different routes, on foot, horseback, mountain bike or bicycle.


The most celebrated of the four French paths is the one beginning at Le Puy en Velay, the "via podiensis", which crosses the Lot Valley, from Lozère to Lot. It is a UNESCO listed feature and mainly follows the grand hiking route n° GR65.

From Nasbinals and Aumont-Aubrac in Lozère, cross the Aubrac plateau to reach Conques in the Aveyron département.

In the Lot département, you can choose the Cele Valley variant of the path : expect to be distracted by the magnificence of the landscape. Close to the wildlife, you will find travelling companions such as deer, squirrels, eagles or kites - the ecosystem in this valley is fabulously well-preserved. The Grand Hiking Trail n° GR651, overlooking the river, often reveals almost forgotten but always welcoming little villages.

The Grotte du Pech Merle is one of the artistic cradles of humanity, housing paintings dating from up to 24,000 years ago. it is not far from the track and deserves a visit (especially off season) to see the amazing artwork of our ancestors.


Whichever route you take be sure to make the short detour to St. Cirq Lapopie - it is one of the most beautiful villages in France and will enrich your pilgrimage and add an unforgettable stop to your journey.

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musee du scaphandre

Unusual, visit the Musée du Scaphandre


For Capitain Némo’s dives in “20,000 leagues under the sea”, Jules Verne took his inspiration from the invention in 1860 of the 1st aqua-lung ever conceived by Benoît Rouquayrol and Auguste Denayrouze, both of them from the Aveyron.
Designed in the beginning as a rescue device during firedamp explosions in the mines. This aqua-lung was awarded the grand gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in 1867. The first trials were carried out in the Lot river. Exhibits which are rare if not unique are on display attract specialists from all over the world.

www.museeduscaphandre.com

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vendanges

Enjoy the Indian summer in the Lot Valley

 

The Autumn is coming with its beautiful colors, new activities, chestnut festivals in villages, and of course grape harvest.

 

Important time of the year for many areas in the Lot Valley, the harvests bring together families, friends, neighbours, …

 

Why not taking part in this human experience and participate at the creation of a great wine in Aveyron, Lot-et-Garonne and Lot. Hard work, but also rewarding with the good food of the area and the wine of the previous years. All in an amazing scenery! 

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chestnut

Chestnut festival 2014 - 18th / 19th October 2014

 As every year in October, almost 25,000 visitors are coming this week-end to take a bite of rustic France at the annual Mourjou Chestnut Festival.

In  the heart of the Lot Valley,  between the Lot and the Aveyron, discover Mourjou and the chestnut that nourished people of the area for ages.

Symbol of the Châtaigneraie cantalienne (chestnut trees protected area), the chestnut tree was suffering since the 1950s from modernisation. In 1990, a group of young inhabitants from Mourjou decided to create a “Chestnut festival” to revive traditions and promote the area. It was a success from start and now attract almost 25,000 visitors during one week-end. 

Half of the 329 inhabitants of Mourjou are taking part in the organisation of this festival which welcome over 80 stallholders from all over the world for food testing, conferences, technical demonstrations, exhibitions, hiking, storytelling, music and dance. 

2 tons of chestnuts grilled and 5.000 liters of cider will be drank over the week-end in a festive atmosphere. 

Take the chestnut discovery trip with the visit of the chestnut museum and its  traditional architecture like a "secadou" (a traditional farm in which chestnut was dryed),  a backer's oven or also a village shop from the 1950s.

 Or enjoy a gastronomic experience with a 5-course meal all cooked with chestnut at the Auberge de Mourjou ; deliciousm especially the chestnut ice-cream!

 

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One Day in Lozere

Watch these 3 beautiful videos from Lozere Tourisme and discover the upper part of the Lot Valley : 

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French Property News

Read about the Lot Valley

Rachel Johnston from French Property News followed the véloroute between Lot-et-Garonne and Lot and gives us her impressions

Read her article here

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Driven by the Tour de France? Plan cycling holidays in the Lot Valley

From the high plateaux of the Aubrac to the gracious river bends of the Lot, taking in along the way proud medieval cities and perched villages, a host of paths and roads, drown in the perfumes of wild flowers and liberty… The Lot Valley is a paradise for bicycle lovers!

Visit our page "cycling"

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Fete medievale Monflanquin

The Lot Valley gives you a LOT this summer

The Lot Valley is full of surprises during the summer months :

Prefer to relax on the beach ? No problem, for its 6th édition Cahors Plage is bringing sand, beach activities to you with a 90m long beach on Cahors bank and another 2000 m2 sand beach just for you pleasure (10th July until 17th August). The quality of water is carefully monitored  and it is completely safe to swim or enjoy water sports in the river Lot. Other supervised beaches can be found on the banks of the Lot or lakes in Lot-et-Garonne, Lot and Cantal.

So don’t hesitate, book your holidays to the Lot Valley now !

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Festival

For 4 years, the festival «CéléTé» has been offering activities to start the summer in style!

The manifestation, which started originally to support the “Big Jump” (European event which sees on the same day, at the same time,

hundreds of Europeans jumping in rivers to campaign for clean rivers) received 3700 visitors in 2013.

This year,  the water festival offers dozens of free activities and entertainment (swimming, canoeing, beach tennis, climbing, photo exhibition, ...)

during 4 days : 4th to 7th July 2014.

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Villeneuve sur Lot

VIlleneuve sur Lot celebrates this summer its 750 years!

Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the largest Bastide in the area, was founded in 1264 by Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of Saint Louis. This year it will celebrate its 750 years. As part of the festivities related to the celebration of this anniversary, the town, in partnership with the nautical centre and the EDPS 47 (Centre d’Etude et de Découverte du Paysage de Lot-et-Garonne) offers a trip on the river Lot, on an electric boat, exploring the landscape and heritage of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Destined for a family audience, these guided strolls are an invitation to travel through time to discover or rediscover the bastide through all periods from 1264 to the present day, partly through observation games. These boat trips are planned on July 10, 17 , August 7 (2:30pm to 4:30pm) and also on Sunday, September 21.

Something to do every day of the week during the summer :


Wednesdays
: free concerts with “Les mercredis de la Cale” (every Wednesday in July and August)

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Romeo & Juliet in the Lot Valley

Acclaimed London-based theatre company Antic Disposition comes to the Lot Valley this summer  with their vivid and passionate production of the world's most famous love story : Romeo & Juliet.

 

Presented in English against the backdrop of some of the region’s most beautiful open-air locations, the show promises to be a magical evening of entertainment for the whole family.

 

In the Lot Valley, enjoy the show in Monflanquin – Lot-et-Garonne (6th August),

Lherm – Lot (7th August) and Puy l’Evêque – Lot (14th August)

 

More information on the production and bookings on Antic Disposition website

 

http://www.ad-tour.com/

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transhumance

The sheep on their way to the Cantal pastures

Follow the transhumance in the Lot Valley : 29 May - 15 June 2014

The transhumance of the flocks up to the mountain summer pasture is always a crucial moment for life in the Lot Valley and for the third time, it is happening between the départements of Lot and Cantal.

1000 sheep will progress from the Lot to the Lioran in Cantal where they will stay until mid-September.

The occasion to discover the area, the diversity of the scenery, the local products and the ancient traditions of local shepherds and farmers.

More information on http://www.transhumance.info/

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Emptying of the Sarrans lake in 2014

This is it! The Sarrans dam opened its drain valves and the lake is now empty!

In order to control and eventually take actions on the parts which are usually under the water, the French government proceeded at the complete drainage of the Sarrans lake this year (the last drainage was in 1979!)

The lake is now empty and the Truyere river found its place again. To make the most of this exceptional event, more than 150 activities are planned throughout the summer. The list of the activities are available here : http://www.sarrans-vidange2014.com/

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A new route to reach the Lot Valley

Ryan just opened a new route this month  : London Stansted to Brive airport.

Located in the Corrèze département, only one hour drive from Cahors, this route is convenient to reach the Lot Valley with two flights per week, on Wednesday and Saturday,

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vins marcillac

Aveyron, the wine becomes a journey

In the area of Conques and Marcillac, two “relais information service” offices just opened to give travellers information about the local wines and the wine route. The president of the AOP Marcillac wine-growers association has been working on that project for the past 10 years, along with 11 independents and 38 members of the cooperative of Valady.

This wine route will allow the Marcillac vineyards to get a proper signage : 71 signposts as well as posts at the entrance of vineyards have been put in place to inform visitors. 

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raquettes aveyron

The Aubrac plateau, ideal for snow shoeing

Enjoy the winter in the Lot Valley!

The Aubrac plateau is now covered with a magnificent white snow. Up to 55cms snow at the moment in the ski resort of Laguiole in Aveyron. Very light and soft, due to the recent mild temperatures, the snow is ideal for snow shoeing.

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hny

Happy New Year

The Entente Vallée du Lot team wishes you a wonderful 2014 and hope to see you in the Lot Valley this year.

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Dreaming of a white Christmas...

With this winter weather forecasts, having a white Christmas in the Lot Valley is not a dream.

If you are looking for quiet family oriented ski resorts, traditional markets, unusual winter activities (dog-sledding, snow shoeing, Nordic sauna, ...) and want to discover this part of France in a different atmosphere, visit the Lot Valley in winter.

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Virtual visits of the Lot Valley

The virtual tour of the Lot Valley web page has been upgraded. Clic on the map to discover 360 degrees photos of the Lot Valley.

With a new style, new views, possibility to search per location or theme, everything has been done to make it easy for you to discover this beautiful region.

Discover the virtual tour

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Chestnut festival

Come and take a bite of rustic France at the annual Mourjou Chestnut Festival on the 19th and 20th October.

In  the heart of the Lot Valley,  between the Lot and the Aveyron, come and discover Mourjou (Cantal) and the chestnut that nourished people of the area for ages.

Symbol of the Châtaigneraie cantalienne (chestnut trees protected area), the chestnut tree was suffering since the 1950s from modernisation. In 1990, a group of young inhabitants from Mourjou decided to create a “Chestnut festival” to revive traditions and promote the area. It was a success from start and now attract more than 20.000 visitors during one week-end.

Half of the 400 inhabitants of Mourjou are taking part in the organisation of this festival which welcome over 80 stallholders from all over the world for food testing,  conferences,  technical demonstrations,  exhibitions, hiking, storytelling, music and dance. 

2 tons of chestnuts grilled and 5.000 liters of cider drank over the week-end in a festive atmosphere. 

Take the chestnut discovery trip with the visit of the chestnut museum and its  traditional architecture like a "secadou" (a traditional farm in which chestnut was dryed),  a backer's oven or a village shop from the 1950s.

Or enjoy a gastronomic experience with a 5-course meal all cooked with chestnut at the Auberge de Mourjou ; delicious, especially the chestnut ice-cream!

Activities planned during the 2013 festival :

  • 7kms trail in the Chataigneraie with a gourmet snack (2 hours - Saturday 2pm)
    €3 per adults - free for under 12
  • Cooking with chestnuts classes on Saturday and Sunday afternoon
  • Initiation to traditional dances (Saturday afternoon)
  • Story telling in the local dialect
  • Conferences about the chestnut
  • Ball with local producers and band (Saturday evening)
  • 12kms trail for experienced ramblers (3 hours 1/2 - Sunday 8:45am) -
    €3 per person
  • 2 local Michelin starred chefs are cooking the chestnut for you : Serge Vieira and Louis-Bernard Puech
  • Traditional concert in the church (3:30pm - entrance €2)
  • End of festival buffet on Sunday evening with local band (local delicacies and music for €15 per adult and €7 for under 12 - reservation only)

While you there, why not visiting the rest of the Lot Valley and it’s many activities and attractions : Conques and its impressive abbey nearby in Aveyron or follow one of the trails through the woods.

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call of the deer

Call of the deer

Until mid-October, the deer calls out in the forest. If you are visiting Lozere, Aveyron or Cantal, it is a must do : a night walk in the forest to listen to them. 

Mushroom lovers will be spoiled : there'll always be a chance to pick some mushrooms on the way and have them cooked during a friendly evening meal in an authentic stone hut "buron", followed by a night walk to listen to the deers.

Some offers of the French websites : rando aubrac, laguiole and Condom d'Aubrac in Aveyron and also in Lozere.   

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Fête de la Gastronomie 20-21-22 September

For a few days in September, The Lot Valley , as well as other regions in France, will celebrate French gastronomic experience and heritage.

The annual celebration of French cuisine is coming up fast with a series of events and competitions to be held between 20 and 22 September all around the country. The festival offers the opportunity for amateurs and professionals to promote and share their produce and recipes.

Discover the events available in the Lot Valley :

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Watch the new video of the Lot Valley

Greentraveller, in partnership with the Entente Vallée du Lot, discovered the Lot Valley and its activities.

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Asvolt

Summer in the water

If you’re looking for a tranquil trip, welcome on board a passenger boat! Or plump for the tame adventure of a house boat, you won’t need a licence and you’ll be able to whatever you want!

A canoeing holiday is the best way to explore every bend of this beautiful waterway and it won’t be as wet as it sounds!

Fishing is also a great activity and you don’t need to be an expert!

For families, more and more recreation areas are opening along the banks of the Lot with many activities for everyone.

For more information visit on the water page

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Big Jump : a friendly event, open to everyone

On Sunday 14th July at 3pm, hundreds of Europeans will jump in rivers to campaign for clean rivers.

Clairac, Castelmoron-sur-Lot, Casseneuil, Saint Sylvestre-sur-Lot (47) and Douelle (46) are joining the Big Jump and offer activities and entertainment all afternoon. The idea is to show everybody that the river Lot is clean and safe to swim in.

More information on the event can be found on http://www.rivernet.org/bigjump/welcome.htm

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transhumance

Transhumance Lot Cantal

Follow the Sheep Transhumance in the Lot Valley :   1 – 16 June 2013 

The occasion to discover the area, the diversity of the scenery, the local products and the ancient traditions of local shepherds and farmers.

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Transhumance Aubrac

Transhumance Saint Chely d'Aubrac

Take part in the Aubrac transhumance 25th and 26th May

You can accompany cows all along the route, take part in the festivals in the villages, enjoy the local markets, milking demonstrations, local gastronomy, decorated herds, folklore…

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navigation

Navigation

Since the 1st of April, the river Lot has been opened to navigation again so why don't join us and visit the beautiful Lot Valley from the river ...

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White Cahors

After snow falls last week on the Lot Valley, a few inches of snow were covering the Pont Valentré.

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2013

Happy New Year!

The Entente Vallée du Lot wish you a very good year!

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Winter in the Lot Valley

The French Lot Valley in winter offers many opportunities and whether you are more of a foody person or like active breaks, you'll find something for you : foie gras, truffles, stockfish for the epicure ; skiing, dog sledging, snow shoeing for the sporty or relaxing spas if you want to indulge yourself.

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Chestnut Festival – 20th and 21st October

Mourjou, Lot Valley 

Every year in October, more than 20,000 visitors come to take a bite of rustic France at the annual Mourjou Chestnut Festival.

In  the heart of the Lot Valley,  between the Lot and the Aveyron, come and discover Mourjou (Cantal) and the chestnut that nourished people of the area for ages.

Symbol of the Châtaigneraie cantalienne (chestnut trees protected area), the chestnut tree was suffering since the 1950s from modernisation. In 1990, a group of young inhabitants from Mourjou decided to create a “Chestnut festival” to revive traditions and promote the area. It was a success from start and now attract more than 20.000 visitors during one week-end.

 

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Inland Waterways International

L'Entente Vallée du Lot is now a member of Inland Waterways International

(IWI brings together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. It aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of using waterways for a wide range of activities, from inland water transport to cruising, towpath walking and other recreational uses, as well as appreciating their architectural and landscape values as heritage. It also promotes restoration, where appropriate, of waterways which have become derelict).

 

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France Discovered

Thanks to the journalist Terry Marsh, a new app is now available about France : France Discovered and it offers several pages on the Lot Valley and its attractions. Easy to browse and very pleasant. Worth a look!

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Saint Cirq Lapopie

One of the jewels of the Lot Valley was voted "Village préféré des Français" (prefered village of French people) thanks to the huge amount of votes of internet users and tv viewers. Out of 22 selected villages (1 per region), St Cirq Lapopie finished first.

The TV show was on air on the 26th June and gave St Cirq Lapopie and the Lot Valley a nice  highlight before the summer with also reviews in all the national magazines and newspapers.

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Follow the sheep transhumance Lot - Cantal 3-17 June

      Transhumance mouton   The transhumance of the flocks up to the mountain summer pasture is always a crucial moment for life in the Lot Valley and this year for the first time, it is happening between the départements of Lot and Cantal.

700 sheep will progress from the Lot to the Lioran in Cantal where they will stay until mid-September.

The occasion to discover the area, the diversity of the scenery, the local products and the ancient traditions of local shepherds and farmers.

PR Follow the sheep transhumance

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WELCOME !

Welcome

Discover the new version of the site " The Lot valley ".
A site for every knowledge on this major destination! Grand landscapes, heritage, navigation, gastronomy.. Do not hesitate any more and join us!

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