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Cancon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot-et-Garonne

Capital of the country's nutty plum, Cancon is located in the Lot valley, in Lot-et-Garonne, at the crossroads of major thoroughfares: Paris / Bordeaux and the Pyrenees: Cahors.

Cannot was the first name of the mountain on which the village is spread. Time of the Franks, on the ancient plateau Cannot have built a fortified village where they could dominate and see the enemy from afar. In the 11th century, the tower reflected the strategic importance of the castle Cancon who controlled the Roman road from Agen to Perigueux. Alphonse de Poitiers founded a large number of country houses which all relatives Monclar of Agen and St. Pastour but Monflanquin, Villereal and Castillonnès. Was it to monitor the lord of Cancon? The latter, of Pons Amanieu Madaillan establishes a small town at the foot of his castle in 1255.

Geographical information

MunicipalityCancon
Postcode47290
Latitude44.5363110 (N 44° 32’ 11”)
Longitude0.6267610 (E 0° 37’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 90m to 217m
Surface area24.49 km²
Population1352 inhabitants
Density55 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAgen (51 km, 53 min)
Insee code47048
IntercommunalityCC des Bastides en Haut Agenais Périgord
DepartmentLot-et-Garonne
RegionAquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Moulinet4.6 km (7 min)
Boudy-de-Beauregard5.3 km (8 min)
Lougratte6.4 km (8 min)
Saint-Pastour7.3 km (10 min)
Beaugas7.4 km (12 min)
Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe7.7 km (10 min)
Monbahus8.5 km (11 min)
Saint-Maurice-de-Lestapel8.9 km (14 min)
Pailloles9.2 km (12 min)
Saint-Eutrope-de-Born9.3 km (13 min)
Monviel10.9 km (16 min)
Montaut11.8 km (18 min)
Montauriol11.9 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

While only remains of this castle with 24 towers, is that its demolition was ordered in 1739 by the Prince of Pons and completed by the Revolution. This site is accessible by the recently repaved streets lined with timbered houses. The walls and curtains are evidence of a fortress, which is no doubt in reaching the summit.

The panorama extends over the plum orchards and nut trees, the roofs of the village. Monflanquin (one of the most beautiful villages of France) seems closer and the castle of Biron in the Dordogne reminds us that he was a partner.

A hall-style Baltard 125 years, is the center of attraction on market day, Monday, by order of King in 1555.

Cancon had several churches. This is where modern officiating. Inaugurated in 1977, is furnished in stone by the monks in Calcat. Its shape is fan friendly. It houses a 16th century pieta classified by the Fine Arts.

Cancon owns a tourist complex with 2-hectare lake, pool, mini golf and accommodation and catering on site this summer.

To discover the medieval village, guided tours are organized every year by appointment. In summer, walks and gourmet discovery. Documents on request to the Office of Tourism: maisondutourisme.cancon @ wanadoo.fr

Events and festivities

Garage sale: April.

Frequently Asked fat cows and agricultural meeting: the last Monday of July.

Hazelnut Festival: October odd years.

Photos

Medieval village, country and prune capital of the hazelnut
Medieval village, country and prune capital of the hazelnut
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Weather

Friday 4 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 23°C
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Saturday 5 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 21°C
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Sunday 6 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 23°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Between the Lot Valley and Perigord Cancon is ideally situated for excursions.

Garage sale in May Castelnaud de Gratecambe.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Renaissance Painting Course
Arts and Crafts35 € Villeneuve-sur-Lot (15.6 km)
Discover the Lot Valley
Culture and education25 € to 32 € Penne-d'Agenais (22 km)
Horse ride
Nature and the great outdoors5 € to 25 € Clairac (28 km)
Canoe, kayak, bicycle, all-terrain or mountain bike hire
Nature and the great outdoors5 € to 30 € Montayral (29 km)
Maiden flight and microlight lessons
Sports sensations45 € to 159 € Belvès (40 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cancon - Moulinet
HikeAthletic4h15Cancon
Agen Tulips Outing
HikeEasy3h00Villebramar (12 km)
Around Tombeboeuf Lake
HikeEasy1h45Tombeboeuf (14.3 km)
Beaumont, Town Mill circuit
HikeEasy1h00Beaumont-du-Périgord (28 km)
Between walled towns and abbeys
HikeEasy5h00Saint-Avit-Sénieur (30 km)

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