St Cirq Lapopie

St Cirq Lapopie in the department of the Lot is a village perched on a cliff a hundred metres above the river Lot. In the early morning mist, the village seems to float magically in the air; one of the features that has led to its naming as one of les plus beaux villages de France.


The picturesque white stone medieval houses and their protecting church are so closely clustered together that the only way to visit the village is on foot.

There were once four castles at St Cirq, but the fortified village was besieged innumerable times during the middle ages before its walls were completely destroyed in the 16th century and so now only one remains, offering an excellent view of the village beneath.

For an unusual view you can even walk to the nearby village of Bouziès, 4 kilometres away, and take a boat trip back along the river to admire the cliffs of St Cirq before returning to Bouziès.

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