Most Beautiful French Villages on the Camino - Montcuq posted: 2013-02-07 15:47:26
Before walking the Camino, it's good to know a little bit about some of the villages along the pilgrimage routes. In which case, we've decided to tell you about one of the most beautiful French villages on the Camino - Montcuq.
Montcuq - a vibrant agricultural town
The town of Montcuq, is a vibrant agricultural community famed for its gourmet treats such as meringues and waffles. Lying in the beautiful Quercy countryside, Montcuq is a town that has considerable charm, with its old stone buildings, a 13th-century tower and dungeon, and traditional street market.
Like many towns in south-west France, Montcuq was caught up in the Cathar tragedy, having its strongholds violated and its defenders massacred on more than one occasion. The town, whose history also dates back to Roman times, has been taken by the English and ransacked by the Huguenots, giving it a turbulent and interesting past! Montcuq still has an old tower and dungeon, marking its place in history.
Markets and shops
Montcuq has a super street market every Sunday morning, and nothing beats a leisurely stroll through the streets, browsing the colourful goods on offer and chatting to friends. A town with a Sunday market has an added advantage too, as in rural France it is unusual to find shops that are open on Sunday, so a market is a boon if you have forgotten to buy some vital ingredients for your Sunday dinner! The town is also equipped with a good selection of local shops and a couple of supermarkets. All other everyday facilities such as schools, banks, health care etc. are also easy to access here.
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