Figeac is a medieval town, known for its beautifully preserved historical center and artistic vibes. Aside from being a thoroughly charming town, Figeac has a lively artistic and artisan culture, and a healthy economy. The weekly, Saturday market is always lively and shouldn’t be missed.
Figeac is on « The Way of St. James », an important part of the medieval pilgrimage trail known as « Santiago de Compostela », one of 4 routes through France on the walking pilgrimage trail eventually leading to the Shrine of The Apostle St. James The Great, in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Northwestern Spain. The scallop symbol, indicating the Way of St. James can be seen in several places in Figeac.
Nearby Places of Interest
The Lot Department, in which Figeac is located, has no less than 6 of the villages designated as « The Most Beautiful Villages In France ». Each one has its own distinctive charm and are easily reached from Figeac . In addition to these villages, there are a fair number of other villages, which absolutely merit a visit if one is staying at the Château de St. Dau. Cordes-sur-Ciel, Rocamadour, St. Cirq-Lapopie, and Conques, not to mention the world-famous Pech Merle with its prehistoric cave art, and the Gouffre de Padirac subterranean river and grottos. All are around an hour from us.
During the summer season, there is the Blues & Jazz Festival in Cahors, The African music Festival in Cajarc, the Theatre Festival in Figeac, as well as many other musical and cultural events, nearby in the area.
The closest airport for international flights is in Toulouse, 2 hours from Figeac. Brive and Rodez airports are both one hour away and have flights to and from some European cities. It’s a 3 hours’ drive from Bordeaux and the Atlantic coast, and 4 hours from Perpignan near the Mediterranean coast. We’re 5 hours from both Paris and Barcelona. There is train service from Toulouse, and daily, local buses from Cahors.