Saint-Cirq-Lapopie… our favorite village

Perched high above the River Lot, the medieval village is a spectacular fit with its cliff face.

Leaving Cahors, a cliff-lined road winds its way through the Lot valley to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

This medieval village, voted one of France’s favorite villages, hugs the rock face 100 meters above the river. It’s a cascade of cobbled streets, Gothic facades, fortified gates and hollyhocks.

A city withwith a rich historical heritage

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a listed site with 13 historic monuments, once home to a thriving canal-boat industry and famous for its woodturners. The village has preserved all its heritage, but above all its charm. Shops, restaurants and cafés shelter from the sun in the shadow of ogival doors.

From the early 20th century, the village attracted artists and gallery owners from Paris and, from 1950 onwards, many artists from the Surrealist movement. This artistic dimension is clearly evident in the contemporary art trail, not to mention the international artists’ residency in the Maison Daura.