Cahors, the former capital of the county of Quercy, is encircled by the natural defences of the River Lot. The river surrounds the town on three sides - making a truly picturesque setting that has graced many postcards. Perhaps Cahors' most famous attraction is the 13th century Pont Valentré. This impressive bridge, flanked with its three massive towers, defied the English army during the Hundred Years' War.
The town of Cahors rose to prominence at about the same time, as it became the trading post for Lombard bankers - making it an important commercial and financial centre for the whole of Europe. This wealth is evident in the town centre today, with a clutch of historic buildings lining the pretty main street. There are also a number of charming shops and cafés dotted around the Old Town, which fans out from the magnificent Cathedral of St Stephen. With many medieval houses still in place, the attractive town of Cahors is one of the most popular in the region.