bastide of Francescas

Francescas and the region

Francescas you
invites you to discover the country houses of the twelfth century, which have preserved its medieval atmosphere, represented by the fortified church, its main square, surrounded by beautiful arcades, hence the name 'country house', and houses also dating
from 9 centuries.

Using the left menu, you can discover our village and the sports and tourism of our citizens and visitors, our associations and clubs, restaurants and hotels, in short, social life and economy.

 

Local vineyards produce wine and Amagnac brandy. While there are “hypermarkets” in the region, there is nothing like the traditional
marketplace. Here various market villages have had the same morning
market day since the Middle Ages.

It is the entrenched Medieval history, the rich countryside and the strong sense of place that excites these workshops.
The village of Francescas is a 13th century "Bastide".

Despite his small size this village has all proximity services and basic shops.

Lot and Garonne and Gers
The Lot-et-Garonneand Gers areas, located just in south-east of the Dordogne, are one of France’s best kept secrets. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, these two departements have so many charming medieval towns, and boasts unspoilt countryside, tranquil rivers and mysterious caves. This region often is referred to as “the garden of France.”

Indeed, some of the villages are so attractive, they’ve been classified as the most beautiful villages in France.

The varied Aquitaine region includes not only the prehistoric caves, villages and rolling river valleys of the Dordogne, Baîse and Garonne and the Bordeaux vineyards, but also the rocky Pyrénées mountain chain, the Basque country with its beautiful beaches, excellent surfing and picturesque fishing villages, the flat forest land of the Landes Forest and the medieval castles and villages in Lot-et-Garonne and Gers.
Lot-et-Garonne and gers bills themself as the “land of gentle adventure”, think about d'Artagnan, and this is correct, though it wasn’t always.
In general, though, this is a land of pleasing slopes and long views over a landscape that looks prosperous in an old-fashioned way. It is populated by nut-brown old blokes who know a thing or two about plums. And it is exactly the right place for a late-summer or early-autumn break.

The most celebrated regional specialty is foie gras, specially prepared livers of geese and ducks, seasoned and stuffed with regional truffles. Confits (preserved goose and duck) are a key ingredient in a number of dishies. Fish and seafood, like carp stuffed with foie gras, mullet in red wine are also common. Oysters from Arcachon are served with Entre-deux-Mers wine, with tiny sausages or crepinettes. Meals are accompanied by the many fine wines of the region such as Médoc red wines, Graves dry whites or Sauternes sweet white wines and concluded with the region's Floc and Armagnac.

There are also a number of spectacular underground caves with 3,000 year old prehistoric paintings still inside, the most notable of which include Hautefage-la-Tour, Grottes de Fontirou, Gouffre de Padirac, and Grotte de les Tournelles.

The pilgrimage of Saint Jacques de Compostelle is a catholic pilgrimage, of which the goal is the legendary tomb of the holy apostle Jacques, Jacques the Major one, located in the crypt of the cathedral Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain).The earliest records of visits paid to the shrine dedicated to St. James at Santiago de Compostela date from the 8th century, in the time of the Kingdom of Asturias. The pilgrimage of Compostelle counts among the three more important pilgrimages of Christendom after Jerusalem and Rome.

 

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