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Lauzerte

The defensive character of this bastide can still be seen in the barbican, from which there is a splendid view over the valleys of Quercy Blanc. The town is built around the Church of Saint Bartholomew dating back to the thirteenth century and the Place des Cornières lined with semi-circular arches and houses dating to the fifteenth to eighteenth century.

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In 2019, the médiéval town of Lauzerte was choosed to represent the region Occitanie in the TV show of France 3, « Le Village Préféré des Français »

Auvillar, a beautiful village

This village has kept its magnificent triangular square where the covered market-place stands, a circular building whose semi-circular arches are exceptional. This most beautiful village of France is noteworthy for the architecture of the houses with their corbels, mouldings and brackets. Also worth visiting: the Carolingian Church of Saint-Pierre, the Clock Tower, the harbor, the castle square, the old convent of Ursulines.

Bruniquel, the village of perched castles

This village is at the crossroads of the Quercy, the Rouergue and the Albigensian territory. It plunges you into its medieval past thanks to its ramparts, the twin castle ruins overhanging the River Aveyron and not forgetting the Maison Payrol, former residence of the Governors of Bruniquel and 12th century storeroom.

For the cinephiles

The village and the Castles of Bruniquel were the filmset of one of the most iconic french movie. Le Vieux Fusil de Robert Enrico, released in 1975, with Romy Schneider and Philippe Noiret. The movie received 5 Césars including best Picture, Best Actor, Best Foreign Actor, Best Original Music and Cesars of the Cesars. 

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Castelsagrat

On the southern edge of Quercy, in the west of the Tarn-et-Garonne and halfway between Agen and Moissac, you will find the bastide town of Castelsagrat, which has preserved its beautiful square surrounded by 13th and 14th century roofs. The church is also a real masterpiece and has one of the most beautiful altarpieces of its kind.

Dunes

Thanks to its privileged geographical situation, between Valence d’Agen, Agen in Lot-et-Garonne and Lectoure in the Gers, Dunes has preserved its original layout.  Discover this village, its many squares, its roofs, its timber-framed houses from the 16th century, where brick plays a major decorative role. Don’t miss the Templar Tower and the Ramparts Walk, as well as the 14th-15th century church.

Montjoi

Montjoi consists of a modest feudal tower-castle perched above the village. Located on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the site has been protected since 1972. Beautiful views over the valleys delight visitors to this bastide. It is good to take the streets of this town and admire the timber-framed houses from the 15th-16th centuries.

Beaumont-de-Lomagne

This 13th century royal bastide is a real dive into history. Built during the 14th century the town has been able to develop and create its own identity, also preserving its 13th century fortified church. Between gastronomy with the white garlic of Lomagne AOP, and History with the birthplace of the mathematician Pierre Fermat, this bastide is full of treasures to discover.

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Saint-Antonin Noble Val

Saint Antonin is situated in the north-east of the Tarn et Garonne. Nestled at the base of the ‘NobleValley’, the town is dominated by the majestic limestone cliff-face of the Roc d’Anglars, the Roc Deymié and the Pech Dax. People come to enjoy and be amazed here in the heart of the Aveyron Gorges where the river Aveyron wends its way.

Caylus

Setting on a hill, Caylus is formed around a castle. Caylus is at a crossroads between Bonette Valley and the Rouergue territory.

Active city in the middle Ages, Caylus retains rich houses of the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially the house of wolves, built around 1350. Overlooking Caylus and these magnificent landscapes, drive up to the chapel of Our Lady of Graces in Lacapelle-Livron. Going down stop at the “cascade pétrifiante”, petrifying waterfall, to see this natural jewel.

Montpezat-de-Quercy

Montpezat-de-Quercy is made up of a group of old stone houses and the remains of a Gallo-Roman settlement.

The church, built in the 14th century, has preserved a rich collection of furnishings, a vestige of the treasures accumulated since the Middle Ages thanks to the legacy of the Cardinal des Prés, whose beautiful marble recumbent statue perpetuates the memory. The 14th century town gate, the 15th and 17th century Chanoines’ house and the Renaissance houses are among the jewels of Montpezat-de-Quercy.

Maubec

Derived from the Latin “malum” (evil, bad) and the Gallic “becco” (beak), Maubec was originally a Gallic oppidum occupying a strategic position on the ancient Toulouse-Lectoure road which followed the Sarrampion valley on its right bank; it was a post office and a centre for fairs and markets. The village prospered thanks to this road. The white limestone is present everywhere in Maubec and serves as a foundation for the old medieval ramparts, pierced with loopholes, which surround the town. They perpetuate the memory of the old square, both formidable and reassuring.

Varen

This small medieval town offers treasures such as its castle, the church decorated with capitals typical of the Romanesque art of the Rouergue and which is one of the first great buildings of this period, and a few houses.

In Varen, a walk along the banks of the Aveyron, very easily accessible, offers the walker a shady, pleasant and relaxing haven of peace. There is also a 3 km long lake where you can enjoy canoeing.

Montricoux

The territory of the commune of Montricoux has been inhabited since Paleolithic times, as evidenced by the carved flints that have been found at various points. Montricoux has kept a large number of vestiges of the medieval period: the Templar keep, its castle, its church modelled on the Basilica of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse, the watchtowers and the ramparts, without forgetting the various timber-framed houses and the mill on the Aveyron still in operation.

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