Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the surrounding area, the following are a few suggestions:
St Emilion - a 30 minute drive through the vines takes you from the cottage to St Emilion with its churches, cobbled streets, beautiful old buildings, and views across the old town. St Emilion really must be visited in order to appreciate its history and of course to sample the wine. Wine tasting is available in many shops in the town itself and also on the local vineyards (although this usually needs to be pre-booked in the tourist office). There is a little train that runs around the town and vines during the season.
Bergerac - is about 45 minutes away and is a lovely old medieval town with half-timbered houses to wonder around by the old river port fronting the Dordogne. It is home to the National Tobacco Museum and is full of restaurants to meet all tastes. The town also has much larger shops to visit on its outskirts, an airport and other facilities such as go-karting are also available here.
St Foy Market - if you enjoy markets then a visit to St Foy (25 minutes away) on a Saturday morning is a must. The large market winds its way through the town’s streets with products of every description available on its stalls. Cafes and restaurants are plentiful when a rest and a drink is required, and why not paddle and have a picnic on the opposite side of the river once your meander around the market is complete. Then, perhaps an afternoon canoeing on the Dordogne may be of interest.
La Roque-Gageac/Beynac/Castelnaud-la-Chapelle - an hour and half away but well worth a visit. This stretch of the Dordogne River is spectacular. The ‘heart’ of the Dordogne region, the visitor cannot help but be overwhelmed by the beauty of this spot with charming villages climbing steep hillsides up to castles with stunning views of the valleys around. With castles to visit, old cobbled streets to climb, museums to explore and views to admire you won’t be disappointed.
Other places of interest:
Markets - Montpon, Wednesday mornings; Castillion Monday mornings; Riberac Friday mornings.
Canoeing - can be done from various points on the Dordogne, the closest spots being at Ste-Foy-la-Grande on the Dordogne and at Montpon on the River Isle.
Lac de Gurson - with a beach, safe-bathing areas, restaurants, pony trekking etc.
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - charming village with a church cut out of the limestone cliff known as the Eglise Monolithique.
Lascaux/Vezere Valley - the famous cave paints and a valley full of pre-historic sites.
Arcachon - beautiful beaches and the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe with stunning views along the coast.