Regional Nature Park “Causses du Quercy”

Discover the amazing Regional Nature Park “Les Causses Du Quercy”. By car, by bike or on foot, following one of the many lovely walking trails in the area.

The limestone plateaus of the Causses du Quercy are well known for their rich biodiversity, culture and history. It’s a wonderful area, just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. It was awarded the Parc naturel régional (PNR) status in 1999.

The arid, sheep inhabited landscape is lined with dry stone walls and home to some exceptional sites. In the North, it goes up to Rocamadour, a “Grand Site de Midi-Pyrénées” and down into the depths of the famous Gouffre de Padirac, an impressive fairytale network of caves, also known as the underground Venice. More to the south, the quaint village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie towers high above the crystal waters of the river Lot and the village of Lalbenque offers lively scenes at its characteristic truffle markets, not to be missed during the season (December through to March). The exceptional prehistoric caves of Pech-Merle are also a must.

Clear skies


However beautiful and harmonious the landscapes of the Causses du Quercy, this Regional Nature Park also has another unique appeal: at its heart, over an area of around 30 square kilometres, you can admire the “purest” sky of France, a stretch of astronomers’ heaven with the lowest light pollution of the country.  

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