About Saint-Martin-de-Vers...

Saint-Martin-de-Vers is a 1½ hour drive (90 miles) north of Toulouse, 100 miles east of Bordeaux and about 17 miles northeast of Cahors in the Lot department. Located on the Vers River (really more of a creek), the village was founded around 1000 AD. The entire village, centered around a fortified Romanesque church that was rebuilt after the Hundred Years' War, could fit on a football field.

(Incidentally, unlike in "proper" French, the final s in Vers is pronounced - vairss. Like many place names in the region, it's derived from the old Occitan language, which still is spoken some in the area. Similarly, the t in Lot is pronounced; the word comes out sounding like something between lutt and loht.)

Our house is in the southwest corner of the village. Officially,  the population is listed at 108, but that seems optimistic. There are no services in the village. The

nearest bread store is about two miles away (uphill!) at Lauzès. Labastide-Murat, a larger town with basic services, supermarket and a nice restaurant is about a 10-minute drive. Cahors, about a half hour away, is a fair-sized city with more and larger stores, hospital, railroad station, library, etc.

There are a great many hiking paths in the area, taking you to other tiny old villages, prehistoric dolmens, the ruins of a Gallo-Roman encampment and the remains of a Roman aqueduct that used to supply the baths in Cahors.

A little further afield (half hour to one hour drive) are the popular tourist sites of Rocamadour, St-Circ-Lapopie, Pech Merle cave (one of the best visitable prehistoric caves in France) and the Cahors vineyards, noted for their intense red wine ("the Black Wine of Cahors").

Below are maps, as well as some pictures of the village and nearby sites.

Things to do, places to stay in the area...

Click here for an interactive map.
(The circle on the map shows the location of our house in the village.
Zoom out to see where in France this is.)

Southwest France

Cahors and area to the northeast

Saint-Martin-de-Vers map

Church and House with Tower in St-Martin-de-Vers

Millpond

Millpond and Houses

Old Barn

Rock formation, Vers valley

The Vers, with Aqueduct Ruins