Area / Activities

 

The area is well known for its food and wine with duck, foie gras, plums and walnuts appearing in various forms on many local restaurant menus. Within ½ hour drive you will find the wine areas of Bergerac, Pecharmant and Monbazillac where there are numerous Chateaux / Domaines you can visit for wine tasting at your leisure. During the summer many of these hold ‘open days’ with walks and talks. The world famous wine area of St.Emillion is only 1½ hours away

.Grapes growing

Bergerac, a large town on the north bank of the river Dordogne, is less than 1/2 hour away, has at its heart the “Old Town” which has some lovely streets to explore and a variety of boutique type shops.

Being on the border of Dordogne and Lot et Garonne, two Departments named after three rivers, water sports abound, whether it is boating, canoeing, swimming or fishing. In addition there is lake swimming at Lougratte and a fishing lake at Lauzun.

 

Canoeing on the Dordogne

Whether in the ‘bastide’ towns or elsewhere the traditional markets offering locally grown produce abound, you can visit one every day of the week. During July and August you can spend the evenings feasting at one of the many ‘marche nocturnes’ or ‘soiree gourmands’ where local speciality dishes are cooked and wine is available. Many of these evenings also include free entertainment.

Castillonnes marche nocturne

There are both 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses nearby as well as horse-riding.  

Further afield are the famous pre-historic caves of  Lascaux and PechMerle, and numerous other subterranean caverns (‘grottes’ and ‘gouffres’).

Cave

You could include the sights along the river valleys which encompass some of the most beautiful villages of France, such as Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie, Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac and our favourite Beynac.

View from a canoe on the Dordogne

The larger cosmopolitan cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse are just over 100kms away and can be reached by TGV from Agen.

 

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