August 17, 2017

European Villages Discovered-Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

A few years ago I was able to spend a few days in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, specifically Cahors and Rocamadour.  I remember being amazed at the beauty of my surroundings as we drove through the countryside. As my eyes fell on beautiful village after beautiful village I found myself wondering why the area is not more popular with American tourists.  I also vowed I would return one day to spend more time exploring this beautiful region of France!

Today we’re discovering a European village from the Midi-Pyrénées region, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie! 

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie France by Adam Baker

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie France by Adam Baker

In an area known for chateaux, prehistoric caves, scenic villages, truffles, lazy rivers and the almost black Cahors wine you will find Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

Restaurant Saint Cirq Lapopie France

Outside restaurant Saint Cirq Lapopie by tristanf, on Flickr

Known as one of France’s most beautiful villages, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie rests precariously on a rocky outcrop high above the river Lot in Southwest France.  Its situation along the river offers stunning views but also provided a great defense protecting the village from many battles that have taken place in the area including an unsuccessful attack in 1199 by Richard the Lionheart.

Lovely Alley Saint-Cirq Lapopie France

Saint-Cirq Lapopie: Alley View by Nick Dimmock, on Flickr

During medieval times, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was home to four important families each of which has left their mark on this beautiful village. This is also the reason there have been many chateaux and churches in the village.  Remaining today are 3 chateaux and a Gothic church, dating back to the 15th century, with an amazing view over the Lot river valley.

Saint-Cirq Lapopie France Church and Rooftops

Saint-Cirq Lapopie: Church and Rooftops by Nick Dimmock, on Flickr

Like Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is on a pilgrimage path leading to the Santiago de Compostela which is also the reason for its popularity during medieval times.  Today, the entrance to the village is still via the medieval stone wall and gate.

Saint Cirq Lapopie France

Saint Cirq Lapopie Panorama by TwoWings

Wandering the village visitors will see houses dating back to medieval times many of which still bear the steep tile roofs.  Some are made from stone found in the region and others are constructed in the half-timbered style.

River Lot View Saint-Cirq Lapopie France

Saint-Cirq Lapopie: River Lot View by Nick Dimmock, on Flickr

Arriving at Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is almost as wonderful as the village. The road meanders along the Lot River before rising up to display the pastoral countryside of the region.  The surroundings of the village are as dramatic and beautiful as the village which makes Saint-Cirq-Lapopie dazzling no matter which direction you look!

 

Do you enjoy wandering small European villages?

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Comments

  1. This looks so beautiful! Exactly the kind of place I’d like to explore – I’m adding it to my list!
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  2. Leigh says:

    I biked through this area several years ago and LOVED it. Hilly cycling but so much to see. Wonderful views out of Rocamadour and such great history to the area. Don’t think we made it to your little village but we hit some others that were just beautiful. What’s not to love about the area – perhaps the fact that duck is the main thing on the menu – but that’s my only complaint.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh main I was so tired of canard by the time I left the region! It was on everything I ate and I’m not the biggest canard fan 🙂 But I still would return in a heartbeat.

  3. Take me there this minute- anything to escape the rain! Seriously, it looks incredibly lovely. Tempted again!
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  4. Stephen says:

    Wow! That town looks beautiful. I’ve been to the eastern Pyrenees, but never to the center. Definitely a region worth exploring.
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  5. This is beautiful. I feel and instantaneous and unwavering determination to go here now. Thanks for adding another place to my bucket list!
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  6. I hadn’t heard of Saint Cirq before but I’ll be adding it to my list, Debbie. I’m love wandering small European towns!
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  7. Sophie says:

    Another little gem I haven’t been to, or even heard of… Wonderful!
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  8. Marlys says:

    Wow, what a discovery. It looks so quaint. Love it!
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  9. Laurel says:

    I LOVE small European villages like this. It looks incredible and like just the kind of place I would fall in love with on the spot.
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  10. Lane says:

    Lovely images. Geez… Who doesn’t love France.
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