Saint Cirq Lapopie, is designated in part Monument Historique, has a magical, spiritual and surrealistic feel to it.
Since the 8th century the village has hung over the Lot River, built on the steep cliffs, half way between river and sky. During the 100 years war its dominating position was much prized.
The impressive fortified Gothic church dominates the landscape, standing tall over the cascade of rooftops of the picturesque houses with arcades, shops, restaurants, doors and steep streets. Once home to skinners and leather merchants, braziers, and especially wood turners it has now become home to museums, shops, and restaurants.
Throughout the 20th century, artists, poets and writers have been seduced by the charm of St Cirq Lapopie: Andre Breton had his residence here and made a place of rendezvous of the surrealist movement where amongst others Joseph Rignault, Max Ernst and Man Ray visited him
The village is just one of the spectacular sites that can be visitied if you want to rent a self drive boat rental on the Lot River (no license required) . Also nearby are the interesting and beautiful cave paintings at Peche Merle, a 15 minute drive.