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Local Attractions

This is a by no means a comprehensive list, we've built this page to give you a taste of what to watch out for and perhaps offer a few tips and hints.

French markets are a wonderful experience and conveniently, the towns and villages surrounding us tend to hold their markets on different days of the week from each other. Do note that the markets open early and close at mid-day.

Walking, cycling, canoeing, golf and fishing are all catered for in this region and a number of the many lakes have family-oriented country parks adjoining them: Bussiere Gallant, only ten minutes away, is a very good example and it's velo-rail track is extremely popular. An Acrobois activity centre has recently opened there and is a source of huge entertainment for all the family - most children will want to return day after day!

Jumilhac le Grand is only eight kilometres away and boasts an exquisite fairy-tale chateau (it's rumoured that Rapunzel was based on this building) with breath-taking views

Limoges, with it's emphasis on it's world-famous porcelain, is an easy 45 minutes drive to the north, and the area around la Boucherie is highly recommended for it's restaurants and shops.

The ruined and fire-scarred village of Oradour-sur-Glane, near Limoges, has a poignant atmosphere. It has been left untouched since 10th June 1944, when a detachment of SS troops massacred 642 innocent people and razed the village.

Nearby Brantome is a pretty little town situated on the river Dronne. Kayaking and boat trips are available. Nearby are the prehistoric caves of Villars and the 16th Century Chateau of Puyguilhem.

The remarkable caves at Lascaux with their prehistoric paintings are within reasonable driving distance and whilst the original cave system is closed to the public, the replica, Lascaux 2, is a very busy tourist attraction. It is worth planning a visit to Lascaux in advance as tickets are not available onsite: they have to be purchased at the tourist centre in Montignac.

Near Lascaux is the mediaeval town of Sarlat, perfectly restored and it is a delight to wander around the narrow mediaeval streets with foie gras shops and restaurants galore. Hint: Sarlat's market is every Saturday, and is a truly magnificent spectacle, but parking, indeed driving into the town centre, is not too easy at the best of times.

Beynac and Rocamadour are beautiful examples of towns built into the cliff faces overlooking the Dordogne and are of course great tourist attractions. Driving along the winding roads around Rocamadour is not for the faint-hearted!

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