La Bastide de Lauzerte: a listed place to discover urgently

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Perched on its rocky promontory, Lauzerte benefits from a dominant position over the lower Quercy. Its location on this hill offers its inhabitants, as well as its visitors, a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding plains. As for its center, it is itself worth a stopover of a few hours to discover all its treasures and assets.


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Lauzerte, remarkable and listed site

Since 1990, Lauzerte has been ranked among the “most beautiful villages in France”. This label lists French villages with a remarkable heritage (natural and/or architectural). Moreover, Lauzerte is part, like and, of the Great Sites of Occitania in the South of France, in the same way as Moissac and Auvillar, for the Tarn-et-Garonne.


The good idea Read our article on the village of Moissac (fr). We also have a report to offer you on the village of Auvillar (fr) with its round hall!


Discovery tour of Lauzerte

Discovery tour of Lauzerte


But that's not all! Lauzerte is also referenced "Remarkable Sites and Cities of France", as well as "Cities and Crafts". This tells you how much this city is worth the detour! It is an essential place to discover during your stay in Quercy.


The good idea Read our other article on visiting Lauzerte to fill up on ideas for activities and leisure activities to do nearby during a stay.


Walk in the alleys of Lauzerte

Walk in the alleys of Lauzerte

Lauzerte sublime bastide

The Count of Toulouse had a castelnau built on the hill. Gradually, people settled there, the city expanded and grew stronger. Essentially commercial, it becomes prosperous and enriched. Today, the houses built around the Place de la Cornière and the Saint Barthélémy church bear witness to this.


The good idea Are you a foodie and gourmet? Discover the Truffle du Quercy, a delicacy of the region not to be missed from December to the end of February.


Different views of the Place de la Cornière
Different views of the Place de la Cornière  Different views of the Place de la Cornière
Different views of the Place de la Cornière

Different views of the Place de la Cornière


On your way there, you will fall under the spell of this typically medieval square full of character. Note the harmony between the different houses and the whiteness of the stone. Linger on this square, taking the opportunity to take a lunch break or simply to drink a coffee. You will feel the tranquility and serenity specific to this place once so lively, because commercial. Indeed, the arcades symbolize the prosperity of the last centuries when the traders had their shop on the ground floor and their accommodation upstairs.


The good idea Visit Roquecor just a 15 minute drive away, another pretty village to explore.


The arcades around the main square of Lauzerte  The arcades around the main square of Lauzerte

The arcades around the main square of Lauzerte


While strolling around this pretty square, you will no doubt be surprised to see “Le Coin Ralevé”. This is an originality made at the end of the 80s by Jacques Buchholtz.


The good idea Read our report on the most beautiful villages of the Tarn-et-Garonne, there are various stopovers that are worth the detour and a more in-depth exploration!


"The Raised Corner"

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Stop on the road to Santiago de Compostela

Lauzerte is located on the Via Podensis, a famous axis linking Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago de Compostela. It is even the first stage of the Tarn-et-Garonne.


The good idea If you like to walk, read our article on a beautiful winter walk to do in Lauzerte.


The paths have been recognized since 1988 by UNESCO and included on the World Heritage List. Moreover, since 2004, the Council of Europe has recognized them as the “Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”. Thus, during your walk in their alleys of Lauzerte, you will not be surprised to come across pilgrims. These are easily identifiable by their outfit and bundle, but also by the scallop shell attached to their backpack.

From the Place des Cornières, do not hesitate to go to the Jardin du Pèlerin Alain Chauve. This atypical garden, located in the heart of the Middle Ages, is a must.


In the pilgrim's garden  In the pilgrim's garden

In the pilgrim's garden


Stroll through the aisles and enjoy an original staging referring to pilgrims and pilgrimage in a more global way. Enjoy the views of the surrounding valleys, as well as the various species of plants arranged here and there.


Wandering in the landscaped paths  Wandering in the landscaped paths

Wandering in the landscaped paths


The good idea Do you like to walk? Take the walk from the Saint-Sernin Chapel to Lauzerte (fr). 10 kilometers on pretty trails.


A few appointments not to be missed

  • The Farmer's Market is held on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
  • In July and August, Thursday evenings are devoted to the gourmet market.
  • At the end of July, the Potters' Market takes place. Great moment of meeting and exchanging with craftsmen (potters, ceramists, etc.) from all over France, but also from abroad.
  • In August, enjoy the Medieval Festivals.

Lauzerte, pretty medieval town
Lauzerte, pretty medieval town  Lauzerte, pretty medieval town

Lauzerte, pretty medieval town


The good idea Continue your visit to the Ornithological Reserve at the Saint-Nicolas-de-la-grave leisure centre, a perfect place for families.


We hope that this information on this unique place has given you the desire to take the time to discover Lauzerte, an unmissable village in the Tarn-et-Garonne.


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Article and photos prepared by Charline Prod'Homme for the Guide Tarn Aveyron


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