In the Middle Ages, Cahors was a prosperous commercial centre, and the old city is densely packed with timber-fronted houses and galleried mansions built by the city’s medieval merchants. Wandering the old town is a real highlight, with fascinating ancient details around every corner. Don’t-miss streets include Dr Bergougnioux, Lastié, St-Priest and St-Urcisse.

Get a copy of Gardens of Cahors, a superb free booklet that highlights a walking tour of the town, including many secret gardens. The tourist office offers guided walks in French (€5 to €6).