Lot’s outstanding heritage and proximity to the ancient vineyards of the Dordogne mean it’s fast gaining a reputation with international visitors. Yet thankfully not fast enough to spoil its untouched charms. The landscapes here ooze tranquility. Majestic cliffs are dotted with thick forests of ancient green oak, while the glistening Dordogne River carves its way through the region’s northern tip.
Guarding this magnificent valley are stately chateaux, fortified towns and quaint French villages. Rocamadour should be at the top of any sightseeing list. This teetering village, built from the same stone as the cliff on which it stands, appears to hauntingly emerge directly from the rock face that surrounds it. From the top the views across the valley of the Ouysse below make it utterly worth the climb.
We also recommend visiting the spectacular underground caves of Gouffre de Padirac. Descend into the depths of the Earth via a huge sinkhole, before treading carefully across the creaking wooden platforms that skirt the edges of this water-filled cavern. Sensitively lit, it offers a eerie and atmospheric experience.
Then there’s the cuisine! This is one of France’s most renowned locations for truffles, foie gras, chestnuts and walnuts. Our luxury villas in Lot provide an idyllic setting to enjoy a feast you create from this fine local fare. Pick up a selection from a traditional French market or gourmet food store. As you dine on your terrace overlooking the valley, one thing’s for sure – you’ll certainly be happy with your lot!
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The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.