to see and do
The remarkable medieval fortified bridge over the river Lot at Cahors
Cahors about 20km west of Mas de Batie is the prefecture (seat of local
government of the Lot department) It lies on a meander of the Lot river
and is a sleepy mediaeval town, a pleasure in which to stroll around.
One must be sure to see and walk across the Pont Valentré, a
14th-century six-span fortified stone arch bridge that crosses the Lot.
Also not to be missed is the Cathedrale St Etienne that dates from the
11th century and is a fine blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural
styles. The quiet cloister of the cathedral is a cool place for a short
rest on a hot summer day. In the square around the cathedral, on
Wednesday and Saturday there is a busy market as well as the elegant
Halle de Cahors, the covered market, which opens every day except
Of course, the Cahors region is famous for its red wine, made
with the Malbec grape. In Cahors itself there is the Villa Cahors
Malbec Lounge where information about the wines and the vineyards can
be found and wine may be tasted. Most of the vineyards are to the west
of Cahors but only about a dozen kilometres from Mas de Batie is
Château de Haute-Serre which produces excellent wine and has an
About 15 km to the east of Mas de Batie is Saint-Cirq-Lapopie further
up the Lot River. This is one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Situated on a cliff 100m above the river, it is full of mediaeval
buildings on narrow winding lanes. There are a number of places in the
village from which the views of the river and the Lot valley are
Other local sites include the exceptional caverns at Pech
Merle, with their prehistoric art, and a number of bastide towns,
including Villefranche de Rouergue and Villeneuve, or the small city of
Montauban, with its Ingres museum. Ninety km to the southeast lies the
beautiful city of Albi, a UNESCO world heritage site, with its
remarkable medieval cathedral and its Toulouse-Lautrec museum.