Saturday, 1 August 2015

Loubressac, the Lot, France

One of several Les Plus Beaux Villages de France at the north end of the Lot, the fortified hamlet of Loubressac is best approached by bike on the D118, which climbs steadily up through beautiful countryside. At the top you are rewarded with sweeping views across to the golden Chateau de Castelnau-Bretenoux perched on a hill in the wide La Bave valley. Once you have admired the landscape, you can wander round the elegant period architecture in Loubressac itself. The well kept, traditional Quercy-style houses with steep tiled roofs, a Romanesque church and a fifteen century chateau are protected by stone walls with intact gateways and wrought iron balconies decorated with flowers. You'll also find one or two restaurant-bars, plus a rather pricey village shop.