Commune of Occitanie, Luzech takes place in the department of Lot, in the heart of Quercy. It is located in the vineyards of the wine of Cahors (AOC), surrounded by the river Lot, not far from the very tourist town of Cahors.
Occupied by an oppidum since the Gallo-Roman period, the city of Luzech is fortified in the Middle Ages, and develops at the foot of the castle of the moment. The seat of one of the Quercy baronies, it underwent many ravages during the Hundred Years' War before becoming the peaceful commune it is today.
Appreciated by gastronomes, Luzech knows several specialties recognized in the region, such as pastis, millassou, croustilot or pescajoune, a kind of sweet crepe. The town also produces Cahors wine on its territory. But Luzech is also a cultural and historical heritage of great interest, as well as breathtaking scenery to discover the hiking time in the vicinity.
A winery owned today by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband Henry, the castle of Caix is known for producing Cahors wine, AOC. A fortified square in the 14th century, the rectangular building is flanked by four round towers and a square tower in the center. A beautiful terrace and a large garden complete this very harmonious set. Regularly during the summer period, the royal couple organizes charity concerts to support various associations.
Other castles take place on the territory of the commune, like the castle of Luzech of which there remains only one tower classified to the Historic Monuments or the castle of Camy. Covered with black slates, the latter reveals a small building with a roof to the Mansart, as well as the remains of a building probably dating from the fifteenth century.
Built in the 16th century, the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île has been listed in the Historic Monuments. It has a very beautiful Madonna and Child of the fifteenth century. Also inscribed, the chapel of Saint-Jacques of Luzech, also called the chapel of the Blue penitents, emphasizes a gothic style, all in bricks.
Several churches of the commune and its hamlets have been inscribed in the Historic Monuments, such as the church of Saint-Martin de Caix to the Gothic dominance, or the church Notre-Dame-de-Camy built in the 16th century to serve as chapel At the Chateau de Camy. Also worth visiting is the Saint-Pierre church built in the 14th and 15th centuries, and the Saint-Martin church of Fages.
As you walk through the town, you can appreciate the charm of the Impernal oppidum, classified as a Historic Monument, and installed on top of limestone cliffs. Archaeological site, most of the objects that were found on site were installed at the Armand Viré Museum dedicated to archeology. The latter, which takes place in a vaulted room of the House of Consuls, also presents a model of the oppidum.
The House of Consuls, inscribed in the Historical Monuments, dates from the second half of the thirteenth century. Partly of brick, it hosts the archaeological museum of Luzech.
Several marked hiking trails allow to appreciate the local fauna and flora, as for example the wild orchids that grow in the vicinity of Luzech. At the estate of the Black Elves, pension and retirement home for animals, you can also discover by appointment a rich rose garden of old and new species.
The market of Luzech is held every Wednesday morning. A Christmas market is also organized at the end of the year.
An aquathlon is organized during the month of August.
Every first Sunday in September, Luzech celebrates its annual celebration with different animations. For the occasion, the great wines of the region are to be tasted.