Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Le Lot, France 8/13
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department, (state), in southwestern France. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”) association. Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 meters above the river, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The entire community is almost a museum.
Just driving up the winding road, you know this village must be walked around. At every turn it becomes more inviting. Narrow cobblestone streets twist through stone houses that appear to have been scattered at random. Flower-draped balconies tilt over shops and cafes. The old church at the top has some wonderful stained glass art. Arriving early in the morning, we avoided the swarms of tourists.