and every thing is a pretext to go riding or walking, because the
beautiful scenery, the relief,the history,
the nature and the interest of roads, trails and single-tracks are
to these activities!
The Quercy's wide limestone
plateaus are covered by orchids lands and by small white
oaks and are cut by opulent valleys.
Time and people have
given these two regions an inheritance which serves all visitors.
Charming villages and ancient cities, delicious local
specialities, beautiful scenery, friendly local people,
all invite the visitor to savour the richness of each
sites such as Lascaux testify to millenniums of human history
and are exceptional in quality and quantity! Nowadays,
some of the most charming villages of France are found
here, as many more grandiose and spectacular sites too
: mountain top castles and forteresses, villages built into
the cliff, caves with their awesome rock formations,
The region is incredibly adapted to outdoors activities and in particular to mountain-biking,
cycling, walking or
horse-riding... Our circuits will enable you to access
magical places often unknown to tourists. Beautiful scenery and small
roads( and trails
& single tracks for Mountain Bike tours ) built generations ago will be your daily bread. Here,
every step takes you to a visible trace of human history : you will follow pilgrimage routes, drawn during
the 12th and the 13th centuries, you will ride from centuries old
to villages from the Middle Ages,
will ride from shepherds huts -
unchanged from prehistoric
times - to troglodytes houses
built onto the cliff.
Dordogne & Quercy
have thousands of years of similar human history, but
because their different geological history, their scenery
is quite different as well as the relationship between
humans and the earth. Technics developed by ancestors
for day to day living were different because possibilities were
different, and finally they have built quite different
countries. Today visitors discover more castles in Dordogne
and more remote treasures (villages, ancient houses
and shelters,ancient stone fences,...) in the Quercy...
Land of traditions, food is here
.... Humm ...Humm ... wonderful ! This is one of the regions of France
where one can eat the best food : the local tradition
is kept alive in the love of fine fresh produce : duck
and goose dishes, nuts, truffles, fruits, wines, pastries,..
and hand print at Pech Merle caves (Cabreret)
Prehistory has left many
traces in Quercy and in Dordogne like Lascaux and Cabreret painted caves, chef-d'oeuvre
of our ancestors, some 18,000 years ago. Countless others
prehistoric sites like caves, dolmen and standing stones
(prehistoric monuments), shelters, are still there to
show us traces of prehistoric humans.