A Medieval Village in Quercy, France
While in the area, we tried to see as much as possible. The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie was number one on our list. Not only is it one of the most beautiful villages in France, but it is also considered one of the most important sites in the Lot Valley. Like an eagle, it is perched on a cliff three hundred feet above the Lot river.
Saint-Cirq Lapopie was divided among several feudal dynasties in the Middle Ages whose dominant families were the Lapopies, the Gourdons and the Cardaillacs. As a result, several castles and fortified houses were built, each ever stronger, dominating the feudal village.
The village is enclosed by fortified gate and includes many beautiful old houses whose facades of stone or wood were built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. They are characterised by their steep-sloped, flat tile roofs. Cobble stoned streets weave through the village, where craftsmen made their fortunes. Sadly, there are many shops that sell the usual crap you could find anywhere, with the exception of but a few. I tried in vain to find a small gift for someone but gave up.
Of note: No cars can park in the village, preserving its charm and character. There are different municipal parking lots placed above the village, with pedestrian pathways leading to and from.
Magnificent views of the Lot and its surroundings are also worth the trip.