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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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 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

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.

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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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