Explore the village ~ there is so much eye candy! On the map above, you start at our house, which is across the street from the Hotel Pelissaria.
First go to the Tourist Office at the top of the village. The staff is really helpful and there is always someone there who can speak English. They have LOADS of great information on fun things to do, both in and around the village. They also sell good tourist books and beautiful posters for just a few Euros. Look for the most recent publication on local happenings. There are often free concerts or special markets happening nearby.
There is a wonderful Musee du Vin at the top of the village where you can sample regional wines and talk with Emilie about the many gastronomique delights they offer (tell her we sent you). Try the Fenelon and the chocolate-coated grapes. This shop is a perfect place to find small gifts that are easy to take home! Check out the Petit Musee next door for more.
If you want to have a fabulous ice cream, go to Bar LaPopie at the top of the village (there is a fun video of the village at the bottom of this link, showing the owner, Nathalie, at work in the kitchen and wonderful views of St Cirq). Try either the Caramel avec Fleur du Sel or the Bittersweet Chocolat. You have never had anything like them! Tell Nathalie you are staying at my house. She will be happy to meet you!
Visit Patrick in the Wood Turner’s shop and museum. Buy yourself a real wooden egg cup, like the one everyone in France uses!
Climb to the top of the Castle Ruins. Take a camera for the exquisite view of the Lot Valley. Plan to spend a little time there inhaling the magic of St Cirq.
Look for the hat shop with hundreds of unique hand-made hats, many knit from wool and each one-of-a kind and each made by Brigitte, the owner. The shop is on the road just below the church.
Visiting Nerida deJong ‘s Gallery is a MUST do. It is across the street from the church. Nerida is a close friend of ours, and we have her art work all over our house. If she does not come knocking on your door at Maison d'Être to introduce herself, go to her and let her know you are in our house. You will receive a VERY warm welcome!
If it is July or August, go to the Wednesday market in the square. It is small but sweet. Buy some berries for your morning breakfast.