The attractive and traditional town of Montaigu de Quercy (82150) was founded in the 12th century by Raymond of Toulouse who built a castle on the hill as a defence against Richard the Lionheart.
The town splits, more or less, into two halves. The bottom half with has a large market square and many of the services you would require and then upwards there is the older square with the castle and the church. It is worth a wander up to the top to admire not only views from the very top but also the architecture along the way.
The Saturday market in Montaigu is usually very lively and offers a good selection of local produce including, fruit, vegetables, cheese and wine. This is definitely the time to visit the town and perhaps stop for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee at one of the (not too many) cafes.
During the summer months a particular attraction is the bathing lake which is set just a couple of kilometres outside of the town. During the summer it is staffed with life-guards, there are canoes and peddle boats, a children’s paddling area and a larger swimming space. Refreshments can also be purchased. Small entry fee in summer.
Photo credits (unless otherwise stated) The Quercy Local