At the Heart of the Southwest
Tarn et Garonne
At the heart of the southwest, the Tarn et Garonne was the last department created by Napoleon the 1st. The emperor has taken a portion from neighboring provinces to form a new country, thus generating an area of rare richness and agricultural landscape between Quercy, Gascogne and Rouergue.
Quercy Pays de Serres
In the northwest, Quercy Pays de Serres delights by the charm of its buildings and its white stone of Lot bastides, typical strongholds of Midi-Pyrenees founded by the Counts of Toulouse around the 13th century and mythical symbols of the flourishing architectural heritage of this region in a considerable medieval past (pigeon-houses, mansions, palaces, religious buildings and rural).
The country covers essentially the townships of Montaigu de Quercy and Bourg de Visa, among Lauzerte and Beauville, covering geographically the two valleys of the large and small Séoune. The “serre” means a long narrow hill-shaped thong that features a relief of this country and these “serres” interspersed with mounds (the tuques) (Tuque de St Gervais Touffailles), resulting from the intense dissection, active and deep erosion of a plateau, by a network of closely spaced parallel valleys. It’s by extension of this natural erosion phenomenon that our country was called: Pays de Serres. The calcareous predominance of our plateaus gives rise to a proliferation of cuts and then to a succession of “serres” and coombs, deep enough narrow valleys.