Fumel is a town in the southwest of France, in the Lot-et-Garonne region.
The Château de Fumel has had an important historical role, particularly during the Hundred Years’ War. It was the headquarters of the barony of Fumel. Listed as a historical monument, today it houses the Fumel town hall. Its construction dates from the 14th century. At the foot of the château, you can find the Théâtre de la Nature. Built at the start of the 20th century, it has a capacity of 1,400 seats. It witnesses several performances throughout the year. The town also possesses another château in an adjoining village, the Château de Bonaguil. Also a historical monument, it is situated between Le Périgord and Le Quercy. It is a strong château, on which construction began in the 13th century. The Watt steam engine is one of the last two functioning machines in the world. It dates from the 19th century and extends over more than 10 metres. It was assembled in Fumel and is evidence of the town’s industrial past.
The proximity of the river Lot allows you to go for an outing on foot or in a canoe, to tour the locks or even to go swimming in certain spots. Those that prefer cycling will appreciate the cycle route in the Lot valley. In addition, numerous guided visits are organised to discover Fumel, its town and its château. Several exhibitions are organised throughout the year. There is also ‘Les Médiévales’. During one weekend, you will meet the troubadours, knights and craftspeople of long ago. In addition, during the month of August, you can attend the Festival de Bonaguil. It is a theatre festival, eclectic and nationally renowned.
The real gourmands can taste the produce of the region and savour a rich and varied cuisine!Foie Gras, duck breast fillets, pies... Relish all this during your stay in Fumel!