Valentre bridge - Lot ValleyWe are delighted that Locaboat will be opening a new base in France this spring on the River Lot.  This region of France, famed for its black truffle and foie gras, is also home to some captivating countryside and delightful hilltop villages.  We are thrilled that lovers of the French waterways will now be able to add this destination to their wish lists.

Visitors can take the Locaboat Penichette out from Cahors from 30 April until 7 May for just 1,421 euro.  This new cruise is likely to book up quickly, so reserve your summer weeks as soon as you can.

The Penichette, being very easy to pilot and extremely comfortable, is the perfect boat for couples or families.  Guests can cruise along the meandering River Lot and visit the beautiful cliff top village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, which in 2012 was crowned the most beautiful village in France during a vote on French television.  The village is perched on a steep cliff above the river and is a great spot for tourists who love medieval architecture or are seeking literary inspiration as the village was home to many writers including André Breton, who spent his summers there.

The Valentre Bridge in Cahors is another compelling reason to choose this cruise.  The remarkable six-arched bridge was built in the 14th Century and took 70 years to complete.  Legend says that the architect got behind on the construction and made a deal with the devil to trade his soul in return for the bridge’s completion.  There are many tales about what happened next but many believe that the architect came up with a way to break the contract by asking the devil to bring water for the mortar in a sieve for the last bit of work.  The devil couldn’t fulfil this and so the builder kept his soul!  In honour of this legend, when the bridge was restored in the 19th century, a statue of the devil was added to one of the three famous towers and in 1998 the bridge became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We are so excited for you to experience the gorgeous scenery of the River Lot and what better way to toast this new route than by sampling the local Cahors wine.  We shall drink to that, cheers!

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