A remarkable peaceful location in the heart of the French countryside, Lot-et-Garonne is an appealing choice for a relaxing group holiday.
When it comes to nature, this region of France won’t fail to disappoint. Bursting with alluring natural landscapes, and crossed by two rivers, there are mile upon mile of walking trails and boating opportunities. The region’s most famous produce is the Agen prune, while the ‘tourtière’, a pastry cake filled with apple or prune, should definitely be sampled while staying in the area.
Besides the promise of glorious natural landscapes, Lot-et-Garonne boasts an array of charming towns and villages, with warm stone houses, ancient castles and opulent mansions. Some of the most notable castles include Beynac, Biron and Bonaguil.
In the north, the pretty villages of Monflanquin and Villereal are worth a visit, while the Dropt Valley encompasses numerous interesting sights including the bastide town of Miramont-de-Guyenne and the small, historic town of Lauzun. Moving towards the centre, the little village of Pujols is known as one of the most beautiful in France and several others dotted around the area share the same laid-back charm.
Down in the south, there are many towns and villages off the tourist trail, which make for great stops on a tour of the area. Time your visit to the city of Agen around lunchtime; home of the famous prune, it has a fantastic covered market and a whole host of restaurants to choose from. Take a walk along the canal and enjoy the somnolent pace of life as boats glide quietly past.
Lot-et-Garonne’s natural landscapes lend it to a variety of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and water-skiing. If you’re lucky enough to be around during the tomato festival in Marmande or the Tourtière festival in Penne d’Agenais, you’ll certainly be in for a treat.