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The Lot-et-Garonne

Despite being ‘off the beaten track’ of most tourists to France, the area is very well served by communications.

Agen* (county town) to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to Paris, Agen to Toulouse and on into Spain are all linked by autoroutes; while parallel to that great river, the Garonne, lies the Canal Latéral de la Garonne, up which the few remaining working barges still plough their way.

*Pronounced: A, as in batch; gen, as in January

Setting the holiday scene

Horse-riding for all ages

The département of Lot-et-Garonne abounds with tree covered hills and fertile valleys, valleys of mixed prairie, farmland and woodlands.

There are many and varied activities to be enjoyed such as horse-riding across the countryside, canoeing and boating on both the rivers and the Canal du Midi.

Bonaguil Castle : « It’s so perfect that it seems ridiculous to call it a ruin » Lawrence of Arabia, 1908

Everywhere are the living signs and suspended ruins of the past. Bastides, though less bustling than in their medieval heydays are still centres of local country life and still very beautiful, whatever their state of repair.

Chateaux crown undulating landscape’s hill-tops and river cliffs, or sit silently in solemn ancient slumber in the hidden coombs and vales of pastureland and tree groves.

Three of Lot-et-Garonne's largest castles that should not be missed are Bonaguil, Nérac and Gavaudun.

Villeréal - Typical timber, crafty carpentry

The whole area is littered with bas-tides and fortified towns and villages whose market squares offer a multitude of opportunities to taste the local food and mix with the population.