The churches of the Quercy Blanc (Lot and Tarn et Garonne)
21 km southwest of Cahors, you start in the village of Saint Pantaléon, built entirely of white stone (12th century church with bell tower).
You then move on to the lovely village of Montcuq with its distinctly southern feel (Gothic Church of Saint Hilaire: beautiful 19th century stained-glass windows).
Continue to the bastide of Lauzerte (Church of Saint Barthélemy: Baroque retable, Christ figure in leather, etc.). Just 10 minutes from there, the Romanesque Chapel of Saint Sernin du Bosc stands vigil in an extremely rural setting (ask at Lauzerte Tourist Office for directions).
Then, head for the bastide of Castelnau-Montratier (neo-Romanesque church with cupola). After that, continue through the countryside (the light here has an almost Provençal quality) to Montpezat de Quercy (Collegiate Church of Saint Martin: carved stalls and an outstanding collection of 16th century Flemish tapestries).
Whatever you do, don't continue before making the short detour to Notre Dame de Saux, hidden in the woods (amazing 14th century frescoes; ask at Montpezat de Quercy Tourist Office for the key).