Cahors is a medieval town situated on the banks of the Lot river and is the capital of the Lot département with about 20,000 inhabitants. Cahors was part of the Pilgrimage of St Jacques-de-Compostelle.
We cruised with our péniche (houseboat) on the Lot river and moored it in the centre of town, passing under the fortified Valentré bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, built-in the 14th century and visited the cathedral of Saint-Etienne also listed as a UNESCO World heritage site.
At the gates of the beautiful Saint-Etienne cathedral also a UNESCO World heritage site, twice weekly, you can find on Wednesdays and Saturdays the beautiful local market selling incredible local produce such as Rocamadour cheeses, foie gras, duck magrets and of course Cahors wine. Cahors is well-known for its ‘black’ wine which is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Merlot. A powerful red, it marries perfectly with the rich local South West food.