The town of Cahors (46 Lot, Occitanie) sits on a loop in the River Lot and is the perfect Midi town – hot, southern climate; sleepy, tree-lined avenues with colourful cafés where you meet the locals and watch the world go by; a market town with a medieval centre with a vibrant market on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a sinuous river to wander alongside – add the impressive Valentré Bridge, rich Cahors wine and much more!
Lying south of the more popular and populated Dordogne valley, the Lot is more “French” and more representative of South West France. A relatively poor region it nevertheless abounds in superb local produce – goose and duck, foie gras, confit, saffron, truffles, nuts, fresh local fruit and full-bodied red wines (based on the Malbec grape) – all tempt and delight your tastebuds.
The A20 autoroute and the main N20 (Paris–Limoges–Toulouse road) bypass the town so that the town centre is no longer the busy through road it once was.This makes it ideal for a gentle saunter along the main boulevard and round the narrow back streets. The autoroute A20 L’Occitane passes to the east of the town.
The best hotel to stay in Cahors is the Hotel Terminus, near the railway station. Although it does not sound glamorous, it is a fine hotel with one of the best restaurants in Cahors – Le Balandre. And you can walk into town for the market, the Cathedral, the Pont Valentré etc
Alternatively look at staying on a vineyard around Cahors – see www.frenchvineyard.co.uk
For more info on the wines of Cahors see here
For more info on Cahors – see the Cahors Tourist Office www.tourisme-cahors.fr
For more info and to check availabilty at this Cahors hotel see Hotel Terminus