If you had asked me ten years ago if I fancied a day driving around rural France, my response might well have been pithy. The offer of a trip along the Lot valley would have been firmly shunned.
Now, however, I feel differently. Indeed, a drive along the river from Villeneuve-sur-Lot to Cahors proved one of the highlights of my recent holiday.
From Villeneuve, we took the departmental road heading east. As we drove, we were surrounded by imposing hills, lush fields and the gentle Lot river.
What was clear was that this valley was far less busy than the Dordogne to the north. While both share a relaxed pace of life, here there were fewer people.
Along the way, we found some beautiful villages too. Puy l’Evêque and neighbouring Prayssac (pictured) stood out in particular. Cahors, the capital of the département of Lot, was absolutely charming and we stopped there for lunch.
Interestingly, house prices in both Lot and Lot-et-Garonne are well below the €160,000 national average, at around €125,000, making both départements quite affordable.
Both are popular with French holidaymakers too, which means a gîte or chambres d’hôtes business might prove viable.
In short, our day out along the Lot river has given us – forgive the pun – a lot to think about.