24 July 2009

Dordogne Activities

The perfect day out - Chateau Margaux near Bordeaux

We have produced an insiders guide to Eymet, a one page guide to what we think are some of the key things to see and do during your stay with us at Maison No. 20. This can be found in the "Things to do" folder in the living area.

Today I found this list of things to do on the mrandmrssmith website and thought that you would be interested in reading about some of the activities that they recommend.

Dordogne Activities
Highlights the best Dordogne has to offer, from art and culture to fun-packed activities; we've even found the most inspiring place to enjoy the views from.

Worth getting out of bed for........

The village of La Roque-Gageac, near the charming mediaeval town of Sarlat, clings to the cliffs overlooking the Dordogne valley. The most striking view is from the ruins of the troglodyte fort at the top of a vertiginous ladder.

Arts and culture
The Dordogne is dotted with castles and châteaux. Two of the best are the Renaissance Château de Puyguilhem near the town of St-Jean-de-Côle and the very grand Château de Hautefort, with its wonderful gardens, northwest of Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Something for nothing
The suitably haughty statue of Cyrano de Bergerac takes pride of place in Bergerac’s Place Pélissière. The statue’s famously protruding nose is often stolen.

In Bergerac, Bille de Bois in Place du Docteur André Cayla is filled with old-fashioned wooden toys. There’s so much fabulous local wine to choose from; try the velvety Monbazillac, a sweet white wine often drunk to mark special occasions. There are markets in Bergerac on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Lalinde on Thursdays, Libourne on Fridays and Sarlat on Saturday. Bergerac’s fleamarket sells antiques and bric-à-brac on the first Sunday of the month.

Book two weeks in advance to visit the wine cellar of Château Margaux, north of Bordeaux. The neoclassical château produces some of the Médoc region’s finest wine. The cellars are closed in August and during the harvest (http://www.chateau-margaux.com/).

There is good canoeing on the Dordogne, between Argentat and Beynac. Copeyre in Souillac hires canoes and mountain bikes (www.copeyre.com). The Bergerac area is ideal for wine-tasting; contact www.vins-bergerac.fr for details. L’Essentiel, on Rue Guadet in St-Émilion, promotes ‘boutique’ producers and is stylish yet unstuffy (www.essentiel-vin.com). There’s a challenging nine-hole golf course at Château les Merles (http://www.lesmerles.com/).

An interesting list but we have a few secrets of our own up our sleeve, and I plan to share with you over the next coming weeks some of the things that we think are unique and make this area so special.

A bientot,

Leeann x

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