What to visit in Lot-et-Garonne in Winter?

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The Lot-et-Garonne Guide has prepared a program of cool activities for you to make your winter stay in Lot-et-Garonne unforgettable. Come on, we forget the gray, the rain and the cold and we set off to discover this beautiful region in a different light!

Lot-et-Garonne offers its visitors magnificent hilly landscapes, shaped by its river and its river. It is a very popular nature destination all year round. Lot-et-Garonne has been inhabited since prehistoric times, coveted by the English, torn between the Toulouse region and Bordeaux, land of the powerful Albret family and country of birth of Henri IV : history lovers will have plenty of what to satisfy their curiosity! Visit the museums to find out more and take the opportunity to visit the castles and medieval towns. Have you been tempted? So let's go for a fun, educational or sporting visit of Lot-et-Garonne in winter.

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Stroll and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the Lot and Garonne rivers

Crossed by the Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, by the Canal du Midi and by numerous rivers, the Lot-et-Garonne is a paradise for hikers. It's a very cool activity to do in winter! There are a lot less walkers and you will feel like you are alone in the world at times. It is a gentle sport, which adapts to all levels, but which still warms up during the cold winter days. In addition, the forests are bare and you will admire the panoramas as far as the eye can see.

We have researched the most beautiful walks in Lot-et-Garonne for you, here are our top 3 :

  • Walk the Grande Randonnée paths (GR654, GR652 or GR636) on the old ways leading to Compostela. The religious heritage, which marks them out, is truly remarkable.
  • Walk along the Garonne canal, on the green lane. It is a bucolic walk, accessible to all and secure.
  • Stroll through the vineyards of Lot-et-Garonne. Wine tourism is an unusual activity that allows you to discover the region's wine-growing territory.

Penne d'Agenais

Penne d'Agenais, pleasant all year round, for walks along the river
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Explore the beautiful villages of Lot-et-Garonne

Are you more of a fan of old stones? You will be served! With the first snowflakes or under a veil of frost, these hilltop villages, bastides and medieval towns are adorned with finery. Wash-houses, fountains, mills, chapels… All these elements, which form what is called the “ small heritage ”, give charm to these places steeped in history and reveal the soul of Lot-et-Garonne.

The Lot-et-Garonne Guide offers you its selection of the most beautiful villages to visit in winter : Monflanquin, the “ Little Tuscany of the Lot ”, the medieval city of Pujols and the royal bastide of Villeréal. We take you for a walk to discover these 3 pretty villages of Lot-et-Garonne.

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Taste the local gastronomy and the good local products of Lot-et-Garonne

After sport, comfort… For that, nothing better than a good meal. It is time to taste the good local products of Lot-et-Garonne, to discover its local specialties and its gastronomy, and to make great encounters with artisans and producers.

Do you want to learn about local cuisine? Already, you need the right ingredients... Agen prunes, hazelnuts from the Lot valley, Marmande tomatoes, porcini mushrooms and foie gras are the stars of the region. We give you some ideas in our article on specialties and local products to taste. Second step, take a tour of the Lot-et-Garonne markets to make great encounters and a little tasting. You can also go directly to their homes, farms and shops. Consult our addresses of local producers. Finally, you need the right recipe. You will surely find it in our article on the cuisine of Lot-et-Garonne. Isn't spending hours in front of the stove your thing? Instead, go to one of the good restaurants in the area.  

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To complement all these tasty dishes, you need an exceptional drink. We have selected for you 5 vineyards of Lot-et-Garonne to visit.

Foie gras

Hummmmmm a good gourmet plate 100% made in Lot-et-Garonne!

Relax and take care of yourself

Relaxing, resting and taking care of yourself should be the watchwords of any good vacation! Lot-et-Garonne has many spas and wellness center. But above all you can enjoy the thermal waters in the thermal baths of Casteljaloux for a stay or just a moment of sweetness. Here is our relaxing article on the relaxation areas of Lot-et-Garonne.


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Cultivate yourself in museums

Museums give you the opportunity to appreciate Lot-et-Garonne in all its facets. Often incorporated into historical monuments, they tell you about the region's past, through its traditions, customs and land, but also seen by inspired artists.

To choose the museum to visit according to your tastes and your current desire, consult our full article on all the museums of Lot-et-Garonne and a small selection by category :  

  • History : The Château Musée Henri IV, in Nérac.
  • Local life and culture : La Maison du Jouet Rustique, in Pujols.
  • Arts : Museum of contemporary art of Gajac.
  • Gastronomy : Three museums are inseparable. These are the Musée du foie gras, in Frespech ; the Maison de la Noisette, in Lacépède ; and the Musée-ferme du Pruneau, in Lafitte-sur-Lot. Moreover, there is a reduction card common to these three sites.

Visit the castles of Lot-et-Garonne

Lot-et-Garonne has always been a highly coveted region. Numerous medieval fortifications and castles have been built there over the centuries. Little by little, they were transformed into more comfortable residences and palaces, before opening their doors to the public. The Lot-et-Garonne Guide has listed the castles of Lot-et-Garonne for you and we offer you our top 3 castles to visit in winter :

  • As a priority, the must-see medieval fortress of Bonaguil.
  • Duras Castle, to live an immersion in the heart of the story, through the life of the counts of Duras, in the 17th century.
  • The architectural ensemble of the 13th century Nerac : a medieval town, a fortified mill, a Roman bridge and a castle (which can only be visited in the summer).

Lauzun Castle

The magnificent Château de Lauzun and its ensemble to visit ; Photo @Château de Lauzun

We hope that these few ideas have inspired you for your next vacation in Lot-et-Garonne. Here you are full of new activities for a busy winter stay!


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