Discover Autoire

  • Autoire

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    Autoire

    © France's Most Beautiful Villages

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    Château des Anglais

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Discover Autoire

The commune of Autoire is located in the Lot department in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Built on the banks of the Autoire river at the entrance to the cirque of the same name, the village earned the nickname of "Little Versailles" as it was a popular location for nobles to take up secondary residencies during France's Old Regime.

This small town with a population of 350 is classified as one of France's Most Beautiful Villages. With its brown-tiles roofs nestled within a natural cirque, Autoire is well worth a visit. Wander throughout its alleyways to discover its suberb houses and manors.

Autoire has retained its ancient charm in the form of flowered peasant homes and Renaissance-style architecture charactwerized by turrets and pigeon lofts. Thanks to the rocky cliffs that surround it, Autoire enjoys a truly majestic natural setting.

Not to be missed

  • The Romanesque Saint Pierre church, built during the 11th century
  • The Chateau des Anglais, which originated during the Hundred Years War sits perched on a clff overlooking the valley.
  • The striking architecture of the city hall, fountain in the village square and seven chateaus (like the Laroque-Delprat, Limargue, Busqueille and Peyrusse de Banze)
  • Don't forget to visit the Maison des arts et du costume to learn about the village's history and heritage.

In the surrounding area

  • The 30-meter high waterfall of the Autoire river is nestled deep within the cirque. From a lookout point nearby, you can marvel at a beautiful panoramic view of the gorges and the village.
  • The famous Gouffre de Padirac is located close to Autoire: don't miss out on the opportunity to visit this natural wonder!
  • In the area, you'll find the chateaus of Montal (which served as the home of da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" during World War II) and Castelnau-Bretenoux.
  • The villages of  Loubressac (2 km away), Padirac (6 km away), Saint-Médard-de-Presque (2 km away), and Saint-Jean-Lespinasse (3 km away) lie along the Dordogne river.

Access

By plane:

  • Brive Airport (Dordogne Valley) (43 km away)
  • Laberandie Airport (54 km away)
  • Rodez Marcillac Airport (97 km away)
  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (175 km away)

By train: TGV stations at Bretenoux, Gramat and Figeac

By car: Highway A20, exit at Rocamadour.

Contact

Dordogne Valley Tourism Office
43 Avenue François de Maynard
46400 Saint-Céré, France ‎
Tel: +33 5 65 33 22 00

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