North of Lectoure, there’s another stop on the Camino de Santiago, **Auvillar, on the banks of the Garonne, bears traces of its religious and trading history. The circular covered market, built in 1824, is the only one of its kind in south-west France. It’s on a triangular main square flanked by half-timbered and red-brick mansions, and the village walls include a distinctive clock tower above the main gateway into the village in the fortified walls. A former Benedictine priory, the church of Saint-Pierre has a baroque altar (not a particularly notable church). Auvillar was once an inland port, and there are great views across the Garonne from a grassy plateau where a castle once stood – including views of the local nuclear power plant. This is a drive through spot, wouldn’t recommend for an overnight.

  • **Le Petit Palais was an excellent and affordable lunch option.

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