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Getting There —To drive to Cahors from Toulouse, follow the A62 autoroute north to the junction with A20 and continue on A20 north into Cahors.

Trains serve Cahors from Toulouse, Brive, and Montauban. For train information and schedules, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.). Infrequent bus service connects some of the outlying villages, several of which are of historical interest, but it’s vastly easier to drive.

Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is on place François-Mitterrand (www.tourisme-cahors.com; tel. 05-65-53-20-65).

Special Events — The Festival du Blues turns this town upside down for a week in mid-July, when blues groups, including some from the United States, descend. Most of the performances are free outdoor affairs along boulevard Gambetta. Main concerts are usually at the open-air Théâtre des Verdures, a courtyard in the heart of the medieval city. Ticket prices vary, but the average is about 40€. For exact dates and information, contact the Office de Tourisme or visit the site of Cahors Blues Festival (www.cahorsbluesfestival.com). You can buy tickets on the website or at any Fnac bookstore (www.fnac.fr). Every other year in April and May (next in 2020), La Diagonale des Arts reunites contemporary artists for exhibitions around the city. Info can be found at http://diagonaledesarts.over-blog.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.