Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (map) is a commune in the *Lot department, Occitanie.

Its position on a steep cliff 100m above the river, originally selected for defence, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum.

After being ‘discovered’ by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is 30 km east of Cahors, in the regional natural park Parc naturel régional des Causses du Quercy (map).

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is on the French pilgrimage route, *Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). Coming from Cabrerets pilgrims would pass through and then continue to Cahors.

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France | The most beautiful villages in France association

Occitanie. This is a land of stark contrasts; whether it’s the canal du Midi making its shady journey from rose city Toulouse along the sun-drenched Languedoc plain to the Mediterranean sea, the towering majesty of the Pyrenees, or the wild beauty of the Cévennes, the landscape, climate and atmosphere are never the same from place to place.

The charm of Occitanie is captured in hundreds of villages, each with a unique character. Predominantly a wine-growing region, this is in fact the most productive viticultural area in France; expect to see many hectares of vineyard stretching ahead of you! Many villages are famous for excellent individual wines.

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By bus, from Cahors train station. The bus drops you in Bouziès where starts a wander and the towpath along the Lot river (1 hour-long by foot) to Saint-Cirq Lapopie, or the bus can drop you at the beach under the village near Tour-de-Faure. Then 2 minutes separate you from Saint-Cirq Lapopie.

 BUS >   sobus.travel — sells bus tickets for all the bus companies. OuibusIsilinesFlixBusEurolinesMegabus >> (*Intercity buses in France)

 RAIL >   While the TGV and Intercités ply the region’s long-distance routes, the backbone of the local system is provided by TER Occitanie. TER also operate the Train Jaune (Yellow Train), a tourist route which climbs from Vernet-les-Bains (map) into the Pyrenees to a height of almost 1,600 metres.

Trains are a great way to get around in France. For regional trains, schedules can be found at ter.sncf.com. You can get from pretty much anywhere to anywhere else by train. For long distances, use the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, or High-speed train) on which reservations are obligatory. TGVThelloOuigo. + RailEurope • EurostarThalysizy (Paris-Brussels) • TGV Lyria (Switzerland) • DB (Germany) • RENFE (Barcelona) >> *Rail travel in France

 AIRPORTS >   aeroport.fr – list of airports in France. parisaeroport.fr – Paris airport information.

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