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

Villeneuve-sur-Lot was founded in 1253 by Alphonse of Poitiers, the brother of St Louis. Enjoying a favourable location straddling the Lot river, it was once an important trading town and one of the most powerful bastides in southwest France.

The town has preserved a number of architectural reminders of its rich past, including the 13th-century Pont Vieux (old bridge), which forms a picturesque scene with Notre-Dame du Bout du Pont chapel; Place Lafayette, a central square edged with arcades (cornières); and Pujols and Paris gates, remains of the ancient fortifications. More recent in style is the beautiful Sainte-Catherine church, which was consecrated in 1937. This brick- and stone-built Byzantine-Romanesque-style building boasts magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass windows taken from the old church.

Stock up on fruit and vegetables at the traditional market every Tuesday and Saturday morning in Place Lafayette!

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Straddling the Lot, Villeneuve is a riverine country house, built in 1264 around an act of paréage between the Count Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of St. Louis, and the powerful Benedictine abbey Eysses. Only the part built on the right bank adopts a regular plan as organized Lafayette Square on the axes of the Rue de Paris and Rue Casseneuil. The left side welcomed artisans and gardens.

Things to see and do

To see in the country house: Lafayette Square and covered the towers of Pujols and Paris, the Bridge of Cieutat, the Notre-Dame du Bout du Pont, Saint-Etienne church, the National Stud, the hall, theater, Sainte Catherine Church, the museum of Gajac, the mill of Gajac, the house of the Consuls...

Discover Villeneuve-sur-Lot through its history and its heritage, by foot or by carriage, visit the usually closed to the public, for that check with the Tourist Office of Grand Villeneuvois.

Enjoy a boat trip on the Lot, from the nautical base of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Every Friday from July 5 to August 30, from 18h on the Place Lafayette, find the night market Villeneuve-sur-Lot gourmand (tasting and sale of regional specialties believed offered by local producers), a gourmet stop followed by a free concert outdoors from 20:30.

Every Wednesday, from 15 July to 19 August, from 21h, marine dock along the Lot, find the "Wednesdays of the wedge", free outdoor concerts.

Exposition - Les Beaux Jours Sont de Retour
Ludo Babies
Exposition Photos Itinérante - "Regard sur ma Ville"
Concert : Une Soirée qui Déménage
Journée de la Famille
Jardin en Fête
Rendez-Vous au Jardin - Jardin en Fête !
La Marche de la Mémoire
Je ne Cours pas je Vole
Apéro Job


Villeneuve-sur-Lot view from the platforms (© A. Chopin)
Villeneuve-sur-Lot view from the platforms (© A. Chopin)
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The banks of the Lot to Villeneuve-sur-Lot
The banks of the Lot to Villeneuve-sur-Lot
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The Notre Dame du Bout du Pont (© OTGV)
The Notre Dame du Bout du Pont (© OTGV)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Discover the beautiful village of Penne d'Agen and Notre Dame Peyragude.

Visit the village of Monflanquin, caves or Lastournelles Fontirou, the garden of lilies Marliac Latour (an aquatic paradise for children and adults), the Museum of prune or foie gras to delight gourmands.

For children, several wildlife parks such as Z'animoland Naturoland park or park. Parks or leisure activities such as Walibi, Happy Forest (for tree climbing enthusiasts). The golf courses are available around Villeneuve-sur-Lot ...


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