06 Jul
French Market

Five fabulous evening markets in the Dordogne

France is internationally-renowned for its fabulous fragrant markets, selling everything from homemade pickles to traditional French berets. The beautiful region of the Dordogne is home to some of the best markets in the whole of France. Though we have to admit, it’s the Dordogne’s evening markets that are especially charismatic and memorable.

Take a look at the following five remarkable evening markets of the Dordogne.


 

19 Sep
peaks in the Dordogne

One of the most prominent peaks in the Dordogne – Le Puy du Sancy

Mention the Dordogne and visions of sweeping hillsides, cascading rivers and undulating beauty quickly spring to mind. In fact if you tell people that you are going on holiday to the Dordogne an expression of proverbial glee combined with sheer envy comes over their faces because everybody holds the Dordogne region of France as being synonymous with unsurpassable natural beauty.

With hills, peaks and mountains thrusting into the air almost everywhere you turn in the Dordogne, the area could certainly be described as a hiker’s or mountaineer’s haven.

If you are heading to the Dordogne to take advantage of its stunning hilly landscape, then take a look at one of the most prominent peaks in the Dordogne that should certainly not be void any summit accomplisher’s itinerary!

Le Puy du Sancy

With wisps of cloud teasingly caressing the highest peak of the Massif du Sancy, which overlooks the emerald rapture of the Dordogne Valley, standing on top of the Massif du Sancy really is a pleasure never to be forgotten.

Walkers climbing Le Puy de Sancy typically leave their car at the end of the valley at the unpretentious and seemingly void from the changes of time village of Le Monte-Dore, which is the last town in the Dordogne valley.

From Le Monte-Dore you can either cheat and get a cable car to the summit, or walk, with the latter being undoubtedly the more invigorating of the two!

The path to the summit Le Puy de Sancy, whilst steep in places, is a fairly easy climb but is irrevocably slowed down by the almost unavoidable urge to stop walking, breath in the pollution-free air and marvel at the panoramic view.

We would recommended packing a camera in the rucksack before standing at an altitude of 1886 metres, with the of the whole of the Dordogne valley and the Massif Central below, it really does warrant a prolific picture-perfect opportunity.

 


 

06 Dec

The Dordogne – one of the most romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day

Rose wine ‘gratuitement’ amidst the most romantic of settings – Valentine’s Day in the Dordogne.

With the freak Indian summer firmly behind us and the possibility of ice and snow impending, thoughts of our 2012 holiday getaways are beginning to stew in our minds. Sooner in the year rather than later in the year is a favourable option for many British holidaymakers, who often find themselves depressed by the lingering British winter.

Mid-February can be a great time to escape those winter blues and go abroad, with Valentine’s Day being the perfect excuse! So you’ve decided on when to make your escape, the only question that now remains is where?

The Dordogne is possibly one of the most romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day. Not only does the many mighty rivers, lush and fertile valleys, medieval towns, grandiose gorges and abundance of twee chocolate and cake shops, bring out a romantic side in even the most prosaic of individual’s, but the region’s insistence in delivering a rose with every bottle of ‘Rosette’ ordered, is enough to rekindle a flame in even the most ‘stagnant’ of relationships.

For four consecutive years, one hundred restaurants in the Dordogne have been devoted to bringing romance to the area by giving couple’s a rose when the order a bottle of the locally-produced rose wine called ‘Rosette’.

Since 2007, ‘Operation Valentine’, has seen couples of all ages flock to the Dordogne on Valentine’s Day. The masses of vineyards that add an even greater diversity to the Dordogne’s exceptionally pretty landscapes have, in recent years, been dedicated to producing rose wine. In fact, sales of rose wine in France, have recently surpassed white wine sales, and there is a common accord that it is the small local vineyards of the Dordogne, which is producing the most sought-after rose.

So if you and your partner have a partiality for rose wine, or, even if you don’t have a partiality for rose but want to be romantically seduced in the most stunning of surroundings, you had better make the Dordogne your 2012 Valentine’s Day destination.

 


 

01 Nov

Three great educational activities for children in the Dordogne

The magnificent Dordogne boasts a prolific amount to see and do. From visiting hilltop castles so magnificent in size and grandeur that they like an image from a medieval storybook, to villages made from golden stone that have managed to resist evolving with tome, to mighty rivers running under pilgrim trails meandering through dense forests of oak and pine, the Dordogne’s sensational landscapes are just crying out to be explored.

If your trip to the Dordogne does however involve children, you may be less inclined to spend your days exploring the natural beauty of this awe-inspiring region. To help entertain the children during your stay, we have located three great educational activities for children in the Dordognecan do whilst the adults can take in the sheer beauty of the region in a more relaxing manner.

Art Workshop at the Zigou Studio, Bergerac

For all young budding artists out there, there is no place quite as artistically inspiring as the Dordogne. Capitalise on this natural inspiration and enrol you children at the Art Workshop held at Zigou Studio in Bergerac. Small classes and private lessons run on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, with both French and English speaking tutors. The Art Workshop is available for children aged 3 – 16 and focuses on drawing, painting, collage and modelling.

For more information on the Art Workshop in Bergerac call 06 81 52 38 78

Garden Workshop

You only have to look at the vast amount of immaculately kept gardens brimming with colour and life to realise that there is a huge emphasis on gardening in the Dordogne. Why not let your youngsters experience, play and learn about gardening in the spectacular surroundings of the Jardin Botanique de la Bastide in Bordeaux. The Garden Workshop is open for children aged 8 – 12 and is held every Wednesday afternoon.

Ring 05 56 52 18 77 for more information on Bordeaux’s Garden Workshop.

Science Workshop

Children have a natural fascination with science, hence the popularity of the Science Workshops held at Cap Sciences in Bordeaux. Each Wednesday afternoon a different scientific theme is run at the workshop that never fails to captivate children’s naturally inquisitive minds. The workshops are available to children aged 8 – 14.

For more information ring 05 56 01 07 07.

For the perfect child friendly villa in the Dordogne, how about La Maison Fleurie (pictured)? With a pool, swings and table tennis available, the kids will be more than happy here!


 

15 Feb

Good to go again – The caves of Lascaux

The caves of Lascaux are given a clean bill of health and are now a must see attraction in the Dordogne.

Since they were discovered in the 1940s by a couple of schoolboys inquisitively scrambling around the Dordogne countryside, the Lascaux caves, near the village of Montignac, have been one of the Dordogne’s top tourist attractions, attracting almost 300,000 visitors each year.

The maze of caves contain some of the best-known Paleothlic cave paintings in the world, which are estimated to be more than 17,300 years old. So sacred are the caves of Lascaux that in 1971, they were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


 

24 Oct

Dordogne theatre visit

When thinking about the Dordogne, one usually tends to imagine scenes of rural bliss. Mighty rivers flowing through green pastures, thick woodlands, rolling hillsides and quaint pretty villages immediately spring to mind. Whilst these scenes of rustic rapture are most definitely a true representation of this beautiful region of France, its lively theatre scene is less well documented. Here are four of the Dordogne’s most dynamic theatres:


 

03 Sep

A Fisherman’s paradise – Fishing in the Dordogne

France is a country of stunningly diverse landscapes. Its beauty is propelled into the hearts of its visitors with one of its greatest pleasures being the many impressive and imposing rivers the country proudly boasts. Like the country’s picturesque, well-maintained and relatively empty roads provide for a cyclist’s rapture, France’s great rivers entice a fisherman like the bait he is offering the fish.

Being named after the great river Dordogne that runs through it, the particularly beautiful Dordogne is home to some of the most remarkable rivers in France and consequently proves to be a fisherman’s paradise.