Lacapelle-Marival (Occitan: La madra Marival) is a commune in the eastern part of the Lot department of Occitania, France (Massif Central), in the ancient province of Quercy.

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 Ouysse, Drauzou, Francés and various other small streams. Part of the Dordogne basin, the commune boasts a remarkable natural heritage, with four natural zones of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest.

Lacapelle-Marival is a rural commune with a population of 1,281 in 2021. Its inhabitants are known as Marivalois or Marivaloises.

The community of Saint-Maurice-en-Quercy separated from Lacapelle-Marival in 1772.

Main attractions

  • The Château de Lacapelle-Marival (listed as a Monument Historique on January 24, 1939), built by the de Cardaillac family and owned by the Lacapelle commune , dates back to the 13th and 16th centuries. The massive square keep, with machicolations and bartizans at each corner, dates back to the 13th century, while the adjoining main building, flanked by large round towers, was added in the 15th century. Members of the Friends of the Château Association organize tours in July and August;

  • L’Assomption-de-la-Sainte-Vierge de Lacapelle-Marival church, built in 1575 on the site of the former 11th-century Romanesque chapel, remodeled in 1835. Eighteenth-century painting of the Assumption of the Virgin and painting by Dr. Cadiergues of stretcher-bearers during the First World War;

  • Chapel of the Moutiers retirement home in Lacapelle-Marival;

  • L’Arbol: gateway to the ancient castle walls, flanked by a tower;
  • The 15th-century market hall;

  • Place de Laroque, from which the stone for the keep was taken;
  • The lake and its wash-house;
  • Bois Bordet and its paths;
  • The Bois Bordet spring;

  • GR 6 long-distance hiking trail from Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (Gironde) to Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence);

  • Bois de Sophie municipal campsite;
  • The motocross circuit.

How to get to?

From Paris: 5 hr 53 min (573 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 2 hr 2 min (178 km) via A20

From Andorra: 4 hr 19 min (358 km) via A20

From Barcelona: 5 hr 47 min (568 km) via A61

From Madrid: 9 hr 35 min (976 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco: 6 hr 52 min (602 km) via A8

From Moscow: 34 hr (3,295 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 18 min (1,855 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,804 km) via A4

From Bern: 7 hr 11 min (707 km) via A89

Main information

Area: 11 km2

Population: 1281

Coordinates: 44°43′47″N 1°55′36″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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