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EXPLORE: Things to See and Do

The Chez Ming holiday home rental is well-placed to experience life in and around a typical village in South West France and an ideal base for exploring the region. There is so much to see and do.


The Chez Ming Gite is ideally located to visit the many tourist spots of the Lot, Dordogne, Tarn, Tarn & Garonne and Aveyron.

Popular tourist sites include:​

  • St Circ Lapopie,

  • Rocamadour

  • Pech Merle Grotto

  • The Gouffre de Padirac

  • Sarlat


The Pyrenees and Spain as well as the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts are within a 3-hour drive.


The Lac Vert has many outdoor activities, including swimming, water sports, volleyball and tennis. There is a café and it is an ideal spot for picnics. 

Leisure activities in the area :

  • Rambling & hiking

  • Cycling

  • Boating and canoeing

  • Horse-riding 

  • Fishing

  • Adventure parks

  • Paragliding

  • Rock climbing 

  • Caving


There are regular and special events in villages and towns of France throughout the year. 

They include:

  • Brocantes (flea markets)

  • Vide greniers (literally emptying the attic!)

  • Antique markets

  • Museums

  • Market days are held in most towns and villages.

  • Concerts and other musical events

  • Village and town fairs

Browse the websites of the Tourist Office of Grand Cahors and of Tourism in the Lot for more detailed information on the many things to see and do in our lovely region. Click here for links to more sources of information on what to see and do for all the family. Please also do contact us if you require more information on tourism, leisure activities and events.

Eating Out : The Lot area is well-known for duck prepared in its various forms, succulent Quercy lamb, Quercy melon, cabécou and other cheeses, truffles and walnuts. You will find a wide selection of these and other local produce in the local markets. Information on restaurants, bistros and cafes can be found in local tourists offices and your hosts Michele and Eddie will be happy to point you to some which they would recommend. You will, of course, also want to try your hand at cooking some of the local dishes in the well-equipped kitchen in the gite.

Cahors Wine route

Cahors wine : The well-known Cahors wines are grown in the Lot river valley, stretching from Cahors due west towards Fumel in the Lot and Garonne. Catus is just 10 minutes drive to the very scenic wine route along the meandering Lot river and makes a pleasant day out. Many of the vineyard cellars of the chateaux and domaines around the Lot valley are open for tasting visits. 

Tourist brochures, maps and walking routes are available in the gite. Your hosts Eddie and Michele will be happy to help you with more information.

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