Unless you are planning to stay put and just walk – which is lovely round here – you do really need a car, or bicycles if you want to tour the area. You can also trek or drive here with horses (we have already had visiting horses on several occassions!)
Grézels itself is very small and no longer has any shopping facilities or train station, there are local buses but they are few and far between. The nearest shops are in Puy L’Evêque and Prayssac, both seven kilometres away and both have a weekly market. The nearest large city is Cahors which has much to see, this is about 35 minutes drive away. Toulouse is the region’s capital and is about two hours away, it is a university city and has a very nice ambiance.
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Driving is a good plan especially if you want to bring pets or are carrying bulky presents or equipment. You need to head in the general direction of Cahors. We have some detailed directions once you are in the area.
You will need to get used to French road signs, or lack of them, often they are only on on side of a junction so you can’t always see until you go past and your passenger looks round. Also arrows straight on are sometimes angled which can be confusing if you are used to the UK. Traffic light behave slightly differently – Red means stop, a flashing amber or yellow light means go and proceed with caution. Road markings are sometimes non-existant or sparse. Whilst we don’t want to cause offense…. beware of French rural drivers, they are fast, often in the middle of the road, not good with indicators and will overtake anywhere. Please check the current speed limits in France, they have been changing and sometimes they are different to the signs. Radar and speed-traps are used quite extensively.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
There are several airports that have flights from various European cities, you will need to check the airport and airline. The schedules seem rather prone to change year by year and they are usually much reduced in winter so check before you make any definite plans. The airport choices are:
- Toulouse this is about two hours from Grézels. This is a large airport and there are more choices of flights. the city is a university city and boast a number of museums and other attractions worth seeing.
- Bergerac is about 1 hours 10 minutes from Grézels. We like this airport as it is small and the drive is pretty. You can also combine your arrival or departure with exploring the town which is a small treasure. There are good resturants – out favorite is L’Imparfait.
- Brive le Gaillarde is just under 1 hour 30 minutes
- Rodez is just over 2 hours away from us.
- Bordeaux is just over 2 hours 30 minutes from us. Like Toulouse it is large with a good choice, the drive is quite nice but it is the furthest away. It also possible to catch a train from Bordeaux to Monsempron Libos which is about 30 minutes from Grézels.
There are no local train stations, nonetheless it is possible to come by train if you travel to:
- Cahors, 35 minutes drive away from Grézels, there are (infrequent) buses and there is car hire available.
- Agen (the TGV from Paris stops here and takes just over 3 hours, faster than to Bordeaux), there is car hire here or catch a local train to Monsempron Libos which is 30 minutes drive away.