Around and Beyond


The valleys of the Rivers Lot and Garonne offer many delights  such as boat trips and small beaches for freshwater swimming. On the Canal Latéral-a-la-Garonne you can hire your own small boat for a day or half day, take a picnic and meander slowly along the tree-lined water-ways of this

Le Canal Latéral

UNESCO World Heritage site travelling through ancient locks and  past elegant waterside buildings and beautiful fields and orchards. Also within easy reach are the historic towns of Agen, Marmande and Villeneuve – all about 20 mins drive. Visit their “old quarters” with magnificent old buildings, churches and market halls – many dating back to the middle ages.


Lot-et-Garonne Painting Holidays

Take a  fifteen minute drive to the south or to the east and you will  find yourself travelling amongst the hilltop 'bastide' towns and villages of an area similar to Tuscany. Travel west and you'll find a huge area of pine woods and deciduous forest.

Photographic holidays in the Lot-et-Garonne

Just over fifty minutes to the north-west would see you leaving the myriad world-famous vineyards of the region and crossing the River Garonne via  the Pont-de-Pierre in beautiful Bordeaux, one of France's foremost and most elegant cities.

Bordeaux - Painting and Photographic Holidays

In the same time-frame, but travelling north-east, you would be viewing the valley of the Dordogne, similar scenery in many ways to the hills and valleys of the Lot-et-Garonne. Unfortunately, you will find yourself sharing the Dordogne scenery with hordes of other tourists. Fortunately, they don't know what lies further south!

Painting and Photographic Holidays, French Atlantic Coast

In around an hour and a half to the west, you could be gazing down huge stretches of beach, enjoying tranquil coastal lakes, or swimming in the Atlantic ocean. In the opposite direction, ninety minutes would see you exploring the wondrous waterfalls and gorges of the Tarn

Tarn gorge - painting and photography

And finally, just about two hours to the south of us, stand the stunning 10,000 feet peaks of Les Pyrénées, the barrier separating France from Spain. So, there you have it... Stunning scenery to enjoy while you're travelling, and more stunning scenery when you arrive.  

All the above are just a few more reasons for you to choose to pay a visit and spend some time here at "la Maison Pijot"

Pyrenees - leisure holidays