Un portrait de Montvalent

Un portrait de Montvalent


Montvalent is in the ancient province of Haut Quercy, which maps closely onto the modern day department of Lot in the north of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

The commune stretches from the fertile valley of the river Dordogne, via wooded cliffs, to the arid limestone plateau, or causse, of Gramat, an area of great geological interest.

The village lies at the crossroads of the GR46 and GR652 footpaths, which follow old pilgrim routes to Rocamadour and beyond to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. It also sits astride the D840 main road from Cressensac to Rodez constructed under Napoleon III.

The village has a rich history. From 1170 Montvalent, like many of its neighbours, belonged to the viscounts of Turenne. A medieval fortress stood where the chateau now stands and during the Hundred Years War the village was held for several years by Gascon mercenary forces allied to the king of England.

link See the site of the commune of Montvalent for up to date local information on events, accommodation, restaurants, places to visit and the life of the commune itself.




Discovering Montvalent

Evidence of the past...

A history

The Dordogne

The causse


Our ancestors

The Hundred Years War


Villages of Haut Quercy