You must drive out to St-Cirq-Lapopie while you are staying in Cahors. Well that advice was good advice. The drive out along the Lot river valley was scenic enough and only about 30 kms. Although at times the very narrow road with stone wall edges made it necessary to slow down as vehicles passed in the opposite direction.
Another feature was the way the road had been cut out from below the overhanging rocky hills or in some spots tunnels had just been engineered.
As we approached St-Cirq-Lapopie we had an excellent view from the side of the river we had been on. It certainly looked magical to me.
Then we crossed the very narrow bridge; only cars in one direction at a time. After parking we started the short walk to the town gate.
From there it was definitely all uphill on the steep narrow paths that led us past well preserved houses made of a mixture of stone or bricks and wooden frameworks.
The village had more than its fair share of artists and craftspeople.
We loved the greenery covering many of the walls and buildings.
The town square was picture postcard perfect.
We finally made it up to the town church.
The view back down to the river and valley below was beautiful.
From there we made our way back down through the lovely narrow streets past more picture perfect houses to our car. St-Cirq-Lapopie had certainly lived up to it’s reputation as one of the loveliest hilltop villages in France.