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  • Beth

    Looks beautiful!
    How many days would you recommend staying?

    • Hi Beth. I think three days would be a good amount of time to explore the surrounding areas and then move on to other spots in the Lot Valley. I’ll be writing about my road trip through this area in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

  • Roberta Loufek

    The 14th century cave dwelling is amazing! Talk about firing up the imagination – I want to spend time exploring it. Thank you for the post and wonderful photos.

    • Isn’t it?! It’s like the fort I never had growing up. I wish they did tours through the cave dwelling, although, I’m sure it’s not exactly safe. 🙂

  • That’s incredible and what an amazing spot to stumble upon. I really like the idea of leaving it as a surprise too!

  • Catherine Sweeney

    Well, I certainly hope that I can visit Saint-Cirq-Lapopie someday and even though I’ve seen your gorgeous photos, I’m sure that there will still be a big WOW factor! So glad that a small village like this still exists.

  • beautiful village

  • Tim

    That cave outpost is really cool. Is it open to the public? I’d love to look around in there.

    • No, unfortunately it’s not! I imagine it’s not safe, so they have it boarded up.

      • Tim

        That’s too bad. It still looks cool from the outside though. Interesting piece of history.

  • Inspired Travel Journeys

    What a little gem…so charming and picturesque! Every photo could be a postcard.

  • Jack Kent

    Wow! This is such a great view. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a must see place with all the beautiful stone buildings that were built way back 13th and 16th centuries. This place is such a paradise. I also like the river cruise which reveals the unique history of the area. I want to explore this kind of place. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.

  • Charles Morgan

    Beth…. thank you for the wonderful photos of St. Cirq Lapopie. May I disagree with you on two issues? As someone who has visited this village (with family) on three different occasions (and then purchased on old ‘ruin’ in the village to restore), I must say that it is an ideal spot for a vacation of at least a week or two– from the biking and canoeing and hiking, to the many fabulous nearby markets, to the incredible castle and prehistoric caves , let alone all the restaurant and shops and studios right in the village– a week will not seem like enough– and if you are there for only a couple days, you will be depriving yourself of getting to know an unusually spectacular place. Secondly, we’ve been there in April (a week), October (a week) and August (two weeks) over the last couple years– yes, there are lots of visitors– thus there are shops, a great new boulangerie, several fine restaurants, etc. etc., BUT there is no hotel in town, no big hotel anywhere near, and so most of the visitors come for a few hours by bus, arriving on the outskirts of the city mid-morning, wandering the village and having lunch, then leaving in the afternoon– even in August we had quiet breakfasts outside and in the evenings we dragged our chairs out on the street (there is no traffic) to toast the sunset.
    Yes, i sound like an advertisement but this is the truth– and I want to make sure folks don’t have any misconceptions about the pleasures they can find in this town and region.
    Thanks for starting this conversation. best regards, Charlie