it's past and today

Originally a Gallo-Roman settlement, this fortified town stretches down from the hill on which it sits to the plains below. Its grand old walls in local stone were built during the time of the Barbarian invasions, and are preserved to this day.

In the Middle Ages, the city became the capital of the county, as it was the main seat of residence for the Counts of Armagnac and the Viscounts of Lomagne. In the 13th Century, the Bishop of Lectoure, Lord Geraud of Monlezun, had the cathedral built, and it was here that he greeted Edward 1st, King of England. According to local history, the town in fact was host to a great many other famous people, including Richelieu and Ann of Austria in 1632, and King Louis XIVth and the Queen in 1659.

Lectoure was also the birthplace of various illustrious men of state such as Marshal Lannes, General Laterrade, General Lagrange, General Subervie, and General Soules.

 

Today, Lectoure continues to enjoy its special way of living, it has both a village and country atmosphere : shops are full of local products including the famous "Lectoure melons", and the numerous street markets/festivals and fairs bring extra life to the city.

 

Apart from its many sites to visits, as well as shops, restaurants, and bars Lectoure is also a spa town, and has fabulous state-of-the-art thermal baths and beauty centre situated in the converted beautiful 18th century hotel. Here you can enjoy the hydrotherapy pools with hot mineral rich thermal waters, saunas, cures and massages... perfect healthy pampering.

Places of interest and events:

  • Thermal Spa
  • Fête du Melon - Vendredi 12 août 2011
  • Fête de la lumière - Du 27 novembre 2011 au 8 janvier 2012
  • 8ème Festival Pyrotechnique de Lectoure - 2 et 3 septembre 2011
  • Foire Saint-Martin 2011 - Du 11 au 13 novembre 2011
  • September - Antiques Fair in Lectoure
  • Métiers d'Art 2011 - Du 25 au 27 novembre 2011