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

Agen - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot-et-Garonne
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The prune capital of Agen on the banks of the Garonne is a welcoming, modestly-sized town where the living is easy. A walk through its historic centre takes in emblematic places like the very lively Place des Laitiers square, the arcaded Rue des Cornières, Rue Beauville with its old half-timbered, corbelled houses, Saint-Caprais cathedral – home to colourful 19th-century frescoes – and a fine art museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts). The latter is housed in four Renaissance town houses and contains remarkable collections of archaeology, paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, including an exceptional group of canvases by Goya and the famous Vénus du Mas d'Agenais sculpture. An absolutely must-see museum!

Gravier esplanade along the Garonne is a lovely place for a walk and very popular among the town's inhabitants, with plane trees, lawns and paths. To the north is the majestic 539-m long canal bridge that takes the Canal Latéral à la Garonne over the Garonne river.

The Grand Pruneau Show on the last weekend of August is a big festival dedicated to the famous Agen prune, with prune tastings, a gourmet market, shows, concerts and so on.

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Agen

Prefecture of Lot-et-Garonne, Agen is halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, on an axis linking the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Bathed by the Garonne River and bordered by the Canal de Garonne, the city is illuminated in this particular light the Southwest. Renowned for its rugby and its prunes, Agen reveals itself to those who take the time to stroll through its streets to discover a rich architectural heritage.

2000 years of history. Capital of rugby and prunes, Agen is a city with a long and turbulent history. Inhabited for three millennia, the country has witnessed the events and upheavals of history. It is from the Neolithic period, about 900 BC, the human presence is attested in the hillside caves overlooking the city, then it is 800 to 600 BC a first settlement wave reached the region. Around 100 BC, the Nitiobriges offer resistance to Rome, but it's Julius Caesar that will ensure the conquest. The Gallo-Roman Aginum therefore extends over a large part of the current city first to fourth century. This rich and shining city will be devastated by the barbarian invasions that create unrest and destruction until the ninth century. From the thirteenth century, it is easy, through successive speakers noted the extension of the city and increase its population... The city has a very attractive charm, and the richness and diversity of its monuments testify to what happened so long and so rich.

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Big Prune Show
A family festival of gastronomy and music dedicated to prunesFrom 25 to 27 august 2017

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Nice little corner of Agen
Nice little corner of Agen
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Channel Agen
Channel Agen
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Canal Bridge of Agen
Canal Bridge of Agen
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One of the many locks Agen
One of the many locks Agen
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Barges on the start of the Canal Bridge
Barges on the start of the Canal Bridge
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La Garonne
La Garonne
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Bridge over the canal
Bridge over the canal
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Monument at the corner of the Pont Canal
Monument at the corner of the Pont Canal
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Small decoration on Agen
Small decoration on Agen
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One of the many trees that populate Agen
One of the many trees that populate Agen
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