Lot et Garonne, a welcoming and generous department of just over 300,000 inhabitants, is bordered by Périgord to the north-east, the Landes to the south-west, Gers to the south and by two large regional cities linked by the A62 passing through Agen : Bordeaux and Toulouse.
It is a country of transition between Quercy and Landes, hilly, crossed by two superb rivers, the Lot and the Garonne which meet at Aiguillon. Essentially rural, the Lot et Garonne is a land generous in agricultural production, bathed in orchards and fertile land, vines, fields and crops. Prunes, tomatoes, Buzet wines, Duras, melons, strawberries, asparagus... It is the main agricultural department of the Aquitaine Region.
It is a region of good living and eating well, of mixtures of cultures and conviviality, an agricultural region always attracting labor from elsewhere. Today, the tourist attractions of Lot et Garonne are numerous, country of Bastides and Castles, of rural and river tourism (200km of waterways) of orchards and multiple outdoor activities, it is a place of tourism in the at the same time cultural, relaxing, sporting and gastronomic.
Sometimes under Toulousaine, English, Bordelaise influence, the Lot et Garonne as we know it today has long had very indecisive borders, overlapping jurisdictions, some looking more towards Toulouse, others towards Bordeaux, not to mention the powerful family d'Albret who exercised his authority in the region of Nérac. In addition, the Garonne river has long been considered as an essential geographic border between the North and the South of the region.
With Louis XI, the Agenais it is definitely turned towards the Bordelais, its parliament and the government of Guyenne. Formed in 1790, the limits of Lot et Garonne as we know them today date from 1808, it is at this time that the limits with the newly created Tarn et Garonne were fixed in the South East.
However, things were not easy, certain regions turning more naturally towards the Dordogne in the North, the Gers in the South or the Landes in the South West. Likewise, the choice of the capital between Agen and Aiguillon gave rise to debate, Aiguillon arguing for its privileged and natural geographical position at the confluence of the Lot and the Garonne, it was however Agen sui was designated Chief Place because of its historical weight.
The Lot et Garonne lists a number of treasures : Castles, Churches, Priories, Mills, Museums, Natural Sites, a multitude of reasons to stay in the region to be discovered in detail in the chapter "Tourist Sites".
The Lot et Garonne is a high place of celebrations, festivals, cultural and culinary events throughout the year, among which :
Jean Pierre Fourcade, Jean François Poncet, Bernard Palissy, Bernard Campan, Francis Cabrel, Chimène Badi, Michel Polnareff, Paul Guth, Michel Serres, Jean Nouvel, André Téchiné, Maurice Mességué, Philippe Sella, Albert Ferrasse, as many from Lot and Garonnais who proudly convey the colors of their region.