Cardaillac (in Occitan Cardalhac) is a commune in the east of the Lot département in the Occitania region, France (Massif Central).

It is also in the Limargue, a natural region occupying a green depression between the Causses du Quercy and the Ségala Quercynois.

Exposed to an altered oceanic climate, it is drained by the Burlande, Drauzou, Saint-Perdoux brook, Planioles brook and various other small streams. The commune boasts a remarkable natural heritage, with seven natural areas of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest.

Cardaillac is a rural commune with a population of 622 in 2021, having reached a peak of 1,500 in 1793. It is part of the Figeac catchment area. Its inhabitants are called Cardaillacois or Cardaillacoises.

The village is a member of the association – The Most Beautiful Villages of France.

Main attractions

  • Saint-Julien de Cardaillac church. The building is listed in the Mérimée database and in the Inventaire général Région Occitanie.
  • Tour de Sagnes: one of the towers of the old fort, dating from the 13th century. It has been listed as a historic monument since 1957.
  • The Tour de l’Horloge (Clock Tower), dating from the 13th century, has been listed as a historic monument since 1991.

  • Manganel square and well: the 21-meter-deep well and cistern supplied water to the stronghold. It was dug into the rock during construction, then filled in when the fortification was dismantled. It has been used again since the end of the 19th century. Manganel was the Occitan name for a mortar that fired small cannonballs.

  • The Musée Eclaté (Museum of seven sites): the walnut oil mill, the clog factory, the school of yesteryear.
  • GR 6 long-distance hiking trail from Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (Gironde) to Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence).
  • Plan d’eau des Sagnes short hiking trail starting at Cardaillac, 12 km (3h 30).
  • Discovery tour: “Les clefs de Cardaillac” (Cardaillac’s keys).

How to get to?

From Paris: 6 hr 7 min (580 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 2 hr 7 min (184 km) via A20

From Andorra: 4 hr 30 min (365 km) via A20

From Barcelona: 5 hr 57 min (582 km) via A61

From Madrid: 9 hr 51 min (983 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco: 6 hr 42 min (595 km) via A8

From Moscow: 34 hr (3,308 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 32 min (1,868 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 29 hr (2,818 km) via A4

From Bern: 7 hr 21 min (721 km) via A89

Main information

Area: 18 km2

Population: 622

Coordinates: 44°40′51″N 1°59′52″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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