Located in the Aquitaine area of southern France this region is located between the two rivers Lot and Garonne from where it takes its name. The whole area is a dream for lovers of France and the French way of life. Endless fields of sunflowers, medieval castles nestled in the hillside, gently rolling scenic countryside giving way to isolated farms and great chateaus and quiet tree lined roads. It is the type of France that so many holiday makers have searched for yet have never found. The northern part of the department is home to the majority of castles and caves that attract visitors from around the world to this quiet corner of France. In south you can find thick forests which sprawl deep into the heart of neighbouring Gascony.
There are many small towns and villages located throughout the area. Each of these hold markets most mornings where they sell their local produce.
These markets are a great way to stock up with the freshest of local produce whilst on a self catering holiday in the area. From local wines and cheeses to fresh meats, bread and sausages and meats to artisan crafts which make great holiday gifts these markets are invaluable and a tradition that has carried on for centuries.
The scenery of the area is rural. This area of France is one of the main fruit producing areas in the country. This is another reason why the local markets of the area are so worth a visit.
Weather in this area is like most of the rest of Europe and changeable according to the time of year.
During the winter months you can expect some rainfall and temperatures average around 9 or 10ºC during the daytimes. In the evening temperatures are close to freezing but it is not very often that it falls below freezing point.
In the summer months there is a much lesser chance of experiencing rainfall and daytime temperatures average at a somewhere in the mid 20ºC which is very pleasant.
If you are looking for somewhere to take a vacation without the hustle and bustle of more popular and traditional destinations then this area is for you.
Taking a vacation here will guarantee you peace and quiet and the opportunity to relax and soak up the real atmosphere of traditional rural France.
If you are a walker or trekker or you enjoy cycling or mountain biking then this is the place for you.
Once you take a vacation here you will start a love affair that will see you return to this area again and again.