The Quercy is the name used prior to the French Revolution for the area to the east and south-east of the Périgord. Now called the Lot département, the River Dordogne flows from east to west along its northern edge. The northern part is known as the Haut Quercy and southern part, Bas Quercy.
Although not as well known as its neighbour, the Quercy nevertheless includes some fascinating sites. Not least of which is the world-famous pilgrimage site of Rocamadour. It also features two vast Causses or arid limestone plateaux and some amazing natural sites like the Gouffre de Padirac. In the west of the Haut Quercy lies the Bouriane, a fertile area which resembles the Périgord.
In the south lies the Lot Valley along whose banks grow the Malbec grapes to produce the fabulous Black Wine of Cahors.