Holiday in the Lot Valley of Southwest France
A holiday in the South of France is ideal for couples, families and groups of friends. The area stretching from Aquitaine in the west to the Cote D’Azur in the east offers excellent weather, beautiful countryside and a feast of fantastic restaurants.
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Our holiday properties are located in the Lot Valley which straddles Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie in Southwest France. Whilst still benefiting from the South of France climate, it’s location offers a number of benefits in comparison to more well-known South-France holiday destinations such as Nice, Marseille and St Tropez.
The area is a popular holiday destination because it is a lovely peaceful area. With a calm ambience, you can relax by the swimming pool in warm sunshine, dine under the stars, enjoy the famous local wines and visit typically French tree covered cafés and restaurants. It is the perfect place to unwind. With its warm climate, friendly people and relaxed way of life, you can enjoy your stay to the full in idyllic countryside.
Compared to other holiday destinations it is easily accessible by car, plane, ferry and train. The climate is warm and sunny, with long evenings and a wonderful choice of things to do and see for all the family, from shopping, tours, many sporting activities without all the busy crowds of lots of other destinations.
Although the Lot Valley it is not on the coast, there are many wonderful leisure lakes offering safe sandy beaches and water sports making it ideal for families. The area has a very varied landscape with different interesting towns and villages and an abundance of local history. The restaurants and cafes are less expensive and crowded than the more touristy areas.
This beautiful area of southern France is a land of yesteryear in its peacefulness. It offers quiet roads, tranquillity and safety, along with plenty to do. You will find top quality restaurants, open air cafes, excellent medical facilities, traditional markets and, increasingly, comfortable holiday homes.
The principal cities are Toulouse, the so called Pink City after its unusual reddish stone buildings and Bordeaux, a beautiful City with excellent shopping, is the regional capital on the left bank of the River Garonne near the Atlantic coast. Click here to read more about the Lot Valley.
The Lot Valley is also a great jumping off point for the rest of the south of France. We have put together a guide to towns in the Southwest below, some of which you may want to visit.
Lourdes is a small town of 15,300 inhabitants situated at the foot of the Pyrenees, and dominated by its castle. It attracts over 5 million visitors each year, because of it’s history. In the 19th century a girl called Bernadette saw the virgin Mary at the Rock of Massabielle. People flock here today to visit this place.
Biarritz is a a vibrant cosmopolitan town on the coast. It has long golden beaches, many golf courses and a large selection of sporting facilities. Surfing is very popular here and annually there is a surf festival which attracts surfers from around the World.
Carcassonne sits on the banks of the river Aude and is one of the best preserved walled towns in the World.
If you decide to visit Avignon, make sure you give yourself plenty of time! There is so much to see in this ancient city including the Pope’s Palace and the famous Avignon bridge. Spend some time walking through the narrow streets, and soak up the culture and history that this wonderful city has to offer.
Toulouse is perfectly located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and is the fourth largest city in France. Some of the most important sites to visit here are courtyard of Henri IV., the Basilica of Saint Sernin, the Jacobin Monastery (dating back to 1275) and the Hotel de Bernuy, the Renaissance home of the pastel merchant Jean de Bernuy (1504-1530).
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Aix-en-Provence is the cultural and tourism capital of Provence. It is a university town set amongst beautful architecture that has been preserved over the years. Surrounding the city are fields of lavendar, thyme and olives and pretty villages offering a wealth of local produce.
St Tropez is known as the holiday destination for the rich and famous. It offers sparkling nightlife, stunning beaches and glamorous parties. Set on the Golfe de St Tropez, you will find here many sailing regattas and the famous offshore race to Genoa.
Marseille is situated on the South coast and is the second biggest city of France. There is plenty to see here including the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the Cathedral Museum of the Roman Docks and the Puget sculptures at the town hall.
Add to that beautiful beaches, plenty of nightlife, shopping, art and cinema, make Marseille a wonderful place to spend time.