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Tourist Office podcasts

Explore the region with “L’oreille en éveil“, the podcast from the Office de Tourisme du Grand-Figeac. Between Causses and valleys, Benjamin went to meet passionate producers or guides, who have one thing in common, the desire to share their knowledge. From the brebis caussenarde to the patrimoine médiéval de Figeac, via spéléologie or the cultivation of safran, there’s something for everyone. Without further ado, anaudio immersion awaits you, listening to local knowledge and heritage. All episodes are available on this page and on all online listening platforms.


of Figeac

Guided tours

Do you know Figeac and its many medieval buildings and houses? From the earliest Gallo-Roman remains to the rise of the aeronautical industry, Figeac has had a rich and eventful history. During this stroll through the narrow streets of the center, we’ll try to paint a portrait of this town through the ages; a city that has kept many imprints of its past, while helping to build what it is today. Follow the guide, and let’s go!

The Champollion Museum

We write almost every day, yet who knowsthe history of writing? In the birthplace of Jean-François Champollion, the famous Egyptologist who deciphered hieroglyphics in 1822, this magnificent museum explores 5300 years of human adventure. This podcast takes you on a tour of the various rooms, with your guide Stéphanie Lebreton, in charge of audiences and collections at the Musée Champollion, Les Écritures du Monde. Enjoy your listening!


local specialities

The Caussenarde ewe

Join us in familiar territory, on the Causses du Quercy, to discover the brebis caussenarde, or “ewe with glasses”. Maxime Hug, sheep breeder at Ferme de Bardouly (commune of Le Bourg), Anne-Laure Cancès, in charge of agriculture for the Parc Naturel régional des Causses du Quercy (PNRCQ), and Guilhem Boucher, ethnologist and vice-president of the PNRCQ, take you through the long history of sheep breeding on the dry grasslands of the Causse. Valorization, biodiversity, little heritage, evolution of the shepherding profession… There are many issues linked to the caussenarde on this territory where there are more ewes than inhabitants!

Quercy saffron

Did you know that the price per kilo of safran is close to gold? Rest assured, you don’t need much of it to flavor your dishes. Discover all the secrets of this spice native to the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, with Didier Chaubet and Amandine Mézy, growers and members of the Association des Safraniers du Quercy. From planting to drying, harvesting and pruning, the saffron flower that has been cultivated for centuries has a very special destiny, here on the Causses du Quercy.

The black truffle

Do you like to enjoy truffes? Not that cocoa-dusted chocolate we usually eat at Christmas, but rather the “diamant noir“, the champignon that grows underground, in symbiosis with a truffle oak. Georges Issiot, a passionate truffle grower, shares (some of) his secrets to help you better understand the favorable conditions for growing truffles, how to find them, and the distinctive flavors they impart to dishes. Enough to tantalize your taste buds!




at Lac du Tolerme

From the Lot to the Célé via the lakes, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to fishing in the Grand Figeac area. Patrice Jaubert, director of the fédération départementale de pêche du Lot, explains all about this activity in the department. Then, Jean-Marc Saint-Chamant, president of the Haut-Quercy AAPPMA, takes you through a fishing trip on the beautiful lac du Tolerme, in the Ségala.



Going underground: what a funny idea! The eexploration underground immediately sparks an imagination, like Jules Verne and his “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. The Grand Figeac territory features hundreds of grottos and gouffres, making it an ideal spot for speleology. Accompanied by “Quercy Aventure” instructor Jean-Luc Guinot, set off on an aural exploration as close as possible to an underground river.