Once the capital city of the Quercy region and one of the most Mediterranean towns in France, residents of Cahors still often speak the Occitan language of theProvenceregion. The area around the town ofCahorsis stunning, with a dry limestone forest of oak trees, broken up by a limestone canyon which contains the riverLot.
The region around Cahors is best known for its vineyards, and some of the finest wine inFrancecomes from the grapes grown here. Cahors has been in existence since the Roman times, and has had people living there ever since, with the river and hills surrounding the town offering protection and water.
The town has a lot of history within, with a medieval quarter housing the Pont Valentre, a three towered structure across the river in the West of the city.
Cahors is one of the few places inFrancenot connected by a high speed TGV line, and people coming in fromPariswill have to get the SNCF line which takes about 5 hours.Toulouseis much closer at just over an hour away by train, and customers can fly intoToulouseand hire a car to drive the rest of the distance to Cahors.
If you arrive by train you can book a car for hire online with us and pick it up at the train station, and you’ll find free parking throughout the town, which makes it a great place to hire a car.
What to do when you hire a car in Cahors
Located just to the south of the train station is the most famous bridge in the region, spanning the riverLot. A bridge built in the medieval times, it once formed part of the towns defences, and two of the three towers have been designed in such a way that you can drop things on people attacking below.
Just opposite the bridge is a natural spring, which supplies drinking water to the town, and has been dedicated to the Roman goddess Divona. Roman coins have been found on the banks near the spring, though to have been dropped off the bridge.
A Romanesque cathedral built in 1119, it has two 18 meter wide cupolas on top which are thought to be the largest in the country. The cathedral, like many inFrance, has been added too over the years and provides a fascinating in site into the architectural tastes throughout the different centuries.
The medieval quarters located in the town, simply head to Blvd Leon Gambetta and look to the east for the old town. You’ll find some beautiful homes and hotels down the narrow streets which were built when in the Middle Ages when Cahors was a commercial hotbed and full of wealth.
You can book canoe and mountain bike trips along the river from several companies in the tourist office, giving you an active day out on, or along the river.