Almost 29,000 people live in this Regional Nature Park, which in 2007 signed the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
From the Gouffre de Padirac to the village of Lalbenque, capital of the Quercy black truffle, the area is made up of landscapes shaped magnificently by water: the water of the Rivers Lot and Célé, and the water seeping through the cracks deep in the limestone causses. The surface is cut by dozens of cliffs and canyons and covered with vast stretches of grassland, cooled by areas of stunted oak woodland. Beneath your feet, swallow holes and resurgence points make up a whole underground world
It's no surprise then that this Regional Nature Park has a reputation for white water sports, rock climbing and caving. In addition, it is home to 22 sites of outstanding ecological interest and 2 sensitive natural environments that you can explore along interpretation trails.
You can also admire the magnificent vernacular architecture built by local peasant farmers, a marvellous example of dry-stone construction, in other words building without using a binder or mortar of any kind. Character houses and gorgeous villages, long walls lining the paths, traditional gariotte and cazelle stone shepherds' huts, fountains and wash houses, small barns and water mills: age-old evidence of man's occupation of the land is everywhere.
Lastly, the Park is home to four of the Great Tourist Sites in Midi-Pyrénées : the ancient town of Rocamadour, the village of Saint Cirq-Lapopie and the cave paintings at Pech Merle, plus the towns of Cahors and Figeac, located on the edge of the Park.