Le Parc animalier de Gramat
Situated between ROCAMADOUR and PADIRAC, the GRAMAT Wildlife Park offers, all year round, 2 hours or more of walks over 40 shaded hectares at the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy. It offers an educational approach with a day out for the whole family.
The Forest of Monkeys
A visit to the forest of monkeys. With your camera at hand, live an experience of total immersion in the fascinating universe of over 150 Barbary monkeys living freely in a forest of 20 ha. You will be delighted by the exceptional observation points and amazed by the unbelievable proximity with the monkeys which have no hesitation in approaching you for their treat of popcorn (on offer at the entrance).
Le Gouffre de Padirac
The gouffre de Padirac located 8 km from Rocamadour is the largest pothole in France. It is considered as one of the country’s greatest geological curiosities. It was discovered in 1889 by Edouard-Alfred Martel. After a vertiginous descent of 103 metres you will embark on a boat trip along a subterranean river. You will discover the Grande Pendeloque, a giant stalactite 60 m high which, as if suspended by a thread, seems to be enjoying its reflection on the surface of the Lac de la Pluie. You will disembark and continue by foot towards the Salle of Grand Dôme where the vault is 94 m high. It offers a multitude of accretions and calcite waterfalls, moulded by nature over millions of years.
Le Parc Naturel
The Park is endowed with a rich historical and architectural heritage well beyond other better-known areas. While the cities of Rocamadour and of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, the painted grotto of Pech-Merle or the vallée de la Dordogne feature among the Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées, the Regional Natural Park also contains numerous villages which illustrate perfectly the characteristic architecture of the Quercy.
The department of Lot
The Lot is a department of the South-West of France named after the river Lot and located in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées. This territory is strongly impregnated by pre-history and possesses a heritage of exceptional ornated grottos. The department of Lot was created at the French Revolution, on March 4 1790, in accordance with the law of December 22 1789, from the province of Quercy, being part of the province of Guyenne. It then extended further than today towards the south, including especially the city of Montauban; it was reduced to about a quarter of its size at the creation of the department of Tarn-et-Garonne in 1808 by decision of Napoleon 1st.
Discovering the riches of the Lot
The Lot draws its character from its limestone plateau hollowed by the valleys of the Lot, the Dordogne and the Célé. It is marked by great sites and beautiful towns and villages such as Rocamadour, Cahors, Figeac and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, while man and nature have left their imprints in the grotto of Pech Merle and the Gouffre de Padirac. Hiking and cycling are excellent ways to discover the authentic nature of the Lot. It is a land of gastronomic delights with its truffles, foie gras, lamb or the melons of Quercy, not to mention the famous Cahors Malbec wine.
Around Labastide-Murat, located at the centre of the department, and at the heart of Regional Natural Park of Causses du Quercy, you will discover authentic villages and a well-preserved local architectural heritage composed of dolmens, caselles, lavoirs and dry-stone walls, not forgetting the lakes of St Namphaise. Follow the hiking paths through the Forêt de la Braunhie, an area of outstanding natural importance with its rich fauna and flora.