What to do
No-one can guarantee the weather, but we have been living in this region since 1985 and this seems to us a fair indication of what you can reasonably expect from the weather:
With an annual average of 2000 hours of sunshine, the Midi-Pyrenées region is one of the sunniest in France.
Temperatures in excess of 25°C [77°F] are recorded for 60 to 80 days
per year over most of the region, rivalling those of the Mediterranean
strip and the Rhone valley.
Spring, which comes very early, already has a summer feel – the perfect time for hiking and walking. Between early April and late June, maximum temperatures average 16 to 24°C [61 to 75°F].
In July and August, hot, intense sunshine prevails. Average minimum temperatures, already high, now range between 13 and 15°C [55 and 59°F]. In the daytime, average temperatures reach a maximum of 26 to 28°C [79 to 82°F]. This said, the air becomes pleasantly cooler at night.
Autumn often has the mildness of an Indian summer, noteworthy for wonderful days of ultramarine skies. In the beautiful light of September, maximum temperatures range between 21 and 25°C [70 and 77°F]. They remain very clement in October with average maximum temperatures of 16 to 19°C [61 to 66°F]. Perfect for treating oneself to a quiet break whilst others are working!
Source: Regional tourist authority, based on information provided by Météo France
For good sports...
- Golf Five minutes drive along the valley road from La Petite Grange and La Petite Maison, the Golf des Roucous is a 9-hole golf course, (5,244 m, par 70, slope 133), which winds through a wooded valley among water hazards. An interesting course for players of all standards with a driving range and putting-green. The comfortable clubhouse holds a small bar, restaurant and pro-shop. Roucous is open all the year round.
- Local tennis: The village tennis court is well-maintained, fenced and equipped with lighting, just a few minutes walk up the hill and through our woods behind La Petite Grange and La Petite Maison.
- Bicycling: The lack of car traffic makes cycling along the valley roads or ridges a real pleasure (even if the hills in between may remain a challenge...)
- Walking: We can advise on GR routes (marked pathways) and lend detailed maps.
- Water sports: There are several kayak/canoeing options within an easy day's outing. Paddle (sometimes walk!) down shallow stretches of the Dordogne river (e.g. from Souillac) and you will be returned to your starting point by car.
...and culture vultures
The pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle has left its legacy of medieval churches, perhaps the most famous being Moissac abbey, with France's largest 11th century cloister which only just survived being cut in two by the railway age.Cahors (the nearest city), founded by the Romans on a loop on the Lot river, in medieval times home to the Pope, boasts the only extant fortified medieval bridge in Europe.
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The Dordogne valley, with the spectacular sites of Rocamadour and St Cirq Lapopie, is within easy reach. Albi - with its Toulouse Lautrec museum - and the extremely well-preserved fortified village of Cordes-sur-Ciel are a full day's outing, but certainly doable.
But there is also no shortage of things to do on our doorstep... three pretty medieval villages – Lauzerte, Montcuq and Castelnau-Montratier are all within 15-20 minutes' drive, with lively bars, restaurants and markets. You'll find plenty of tourist information, market days and tips from fellow travelers when you arrive.