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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot

Alvignac is a former spa in northern Lot, in the Haut-Quercy, equidistant from the best sights of Rocamadour and Padirac.

Alvignac Waters takes its name and reputation of the localized source Salmière Quercy, about 1 km north of the village, in the town of Miers. Quiet and green, the village offers an ideal holiday resort surrounded by nature.

The story of Alvignac is related to Quercy, its transformations and events: the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion and the Revolution.

The source, presumably discovered at the beginning of the Christian era, the subject of studies in the seventeenth century. She quickly became famous among spa guests, especially frequented by the Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV.

The golden age of the source is from the nineteenth and twentieth century to a sharp decline that has led to the complete cessation in 1981 of thermal activity.

historical heritage side, the town has many sites of great interest such as the castle and farm Salgues, Castle Cantecor or the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, and fountains and wash houses.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.8268410 (N 44° 49’ 37”)
Longitude1.6901990 (E 1° 41’ 25”)
AltitudeFrom 249m to 419m
Surface area13.05 km²
Population749 inhabitants
Density57 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCahors (66 km, 1h02)
Insee code46003
IntercommunalityCC Causses et Vallée de la Dordogne
TerritoryMidi-Pyrénées, Quercy

Nearest cities & towns

Rignac2.8 km (5 min)
Miers4.7 km (8 min)
Padirac6.9 km (8 min)
Rocamadour7.7 km (11 min)
Thégra8 km (11 min)
Lavergne10.1 km (13 min)
Gramat10.4 km (12 min)
Montvalent10.4 km (10 min)
Mayrinhac-Lentour12.7 km (19 min)
Gintrac13.1 km (20 min)
Meyronne13.4 km (16 min)
Couzou13.6 km (20 min)
Carennac13.7 km (16 min)
Saint-Sozy14.3 km (17 min)
Autoire14.4 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

The main attraction of the town of Alvignac Waters is the source Salmière, located on the Causse of Gramat, belonging to the Quercy. It is located southeast of Lake of the Source, in the territory of the town of Miers.

In particular you can contemplate the Cazelle stream, which separates the two municipalities.

The village has also a casino, which has greatly contributed to the revitalization of the town of infrastructure and services. Many events are held throughout the year.

Hiking trails can discover at their own pace, on foot or bike the town of Alvignac and its surroundings, as the circuit Castle Cantecor or the grand tour of Alvignac Waters.

Cavern of Reveillon is a natural underground cavity of the Massif Central to discover during your stay in Alvignac Waters.

Fishing enthusiasts can indulge their passion to the water of the Source.

Heritage side Salgues Castle, seat of an important Lordship, is definitely worth seeing. It has in particular a rectangular main building, a mansard roof and a fireplace dating from the sixteenth century.

Castle Cantecor and farm Salgues also offer a beautiful witness of the past Alvignac.

The Church of St. Mary Magdalene Alvignac of the water, there was little information which, enlarged and remodeled several times over the centuries, is also a monument to visit. Its bell tower was notably renovated in 1880 and its aisles in 1886.

There are also several fountains and wash houses in the town, such as the fountain Theron, with its laundry and watering of exceptional dimensions. Alvignac Waters also has crosses, windmills, dovecotes and a war memorial.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

In July, the festival committee of the commune of Alvignac organizes the large votive festival of Alvignac Waters Samayou in the park, renowned throughout the region. The program for these festivities: dances, garage sales, appetizers, meal and great villagers fairground entertainment.


Wednesday 18 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 19°C
Thursday 19 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 15°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak in the Dordogne Valley
Sports sensations16 € Souillac (18.3 km)
Quercyland Water Park
Entertainment9 € Souillac (18.3 km)
2-9 day hike with a donkey
Nature and the great outdoors138 € to 599 € Ligneyrac (27 km)
Canoe or kayak hire in the Dordogne
Sports sensations15 € to 25 € Groléjac (32 km)
Canoe or kayak hire in the Dordogne
Sports sensations15 € to 25 € Carsac-Aillac (33 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Alzou Gorges
HikeIntermediate5h00Gramat (5.9 km)
Puy de Mont Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Vayrac (14 km)
Balade N°1 de la Cité Médiévale de Gourdon
HikeEasy20 minGourdon (26 km)
The fountains and bread ovens tour
HikeIntermediate5h00Sérilhac (29 km)
Village of Arcambal along the Lot
HikeEasy1h00Arcambal (44 km)


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