Market day at Monflanquin
Thursday morning is the time to visit Monflanquin as this is when the market takes place - stalls are set out in the main square with its arcades, laden with local produce. Have lunch on the terrace of one of the restaurants on the square.
Visit the local organic farm from which you can buy lovely tasty produce. The town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot has an organic market on Wednesdays as well as an organic supermarket. Look out for the word 'bio' which is French for organic.
In July and August, many of the local villages hold evening markets with local produce and then a communal meal with everyone joining in. Try the one at Monflanquin on Thursdays.
Boat and horse-drawn coach trips
About 30 minutes' away, in the village of Mazeyrolles, there is a company which organises trips on horse drawn carriages. Take a leisurely 'drive' through the countryside, stop for a picnic in the woods or indulge in a wine and foie gras tasting. They also organise boat trips on the Dordogne river, followed by lunch and an afternoon coach and horses ride - magnifique!
Take the children to the Parc-en-Ciel
in Lacapelle-Biron (17km) - 14 hectares of trees and fields where you will find mini golf, a farm of baby animals, a snail museum, and an adventure playground through the trees with different courses depending on the age of the children.
will love the 18 hole course at Castelnau-de-Gratecambe near Villeneuve-sur-Lot (25km via country roads) or further afield the fantastic golf at the Chateau des Vigiers Monestier (approx 75 minutes' drive) which also has a spa, pool and beautician.
in Casseneuil (30km), just north-east of Villeneuve sur Lot. Several trips are proposed along the river, including ones which provide lunch, or ones with a historical theme.
A bird's eye view!
The aeroclub in Belvès (50 minutes' away) offers plane trips flying over the famous sites and chateaux of the Dordogne.
A boat trip on the river Lot,
starting in Fumel (12km) is a lovely way to while away a couple of hours. While you are in the area, why not visit the fabulous fortress of Bonaguil just beyond? Afterwards, have coffee or lunch at the little restaurant/café at the foot of the chateau.
Visit the vineyards
Try the Cahors wine at the vineyards around Puy l'Eveque (27km). You will see many 'caves' selling the wine and most will offer the chance to taste it first. Don't forget to stop in the little villages en route as well - there are many dotted along the River Lot down to Cahors (60km).
For a fun day out for the children,
take them to the Walibi Fun Park in Roquefort near Agen (about an hour's drive) - water rides, tropical forest, corkscrew and pirate boat rides, and an 18th century castle, there is something to keep all children amused.
Tour the bastide towns in the area, from Monpazier to Penne d'Agenais.
They are all based on the same layout of a main square, often arcaded, with streets leading off it, but they are all different!
The village of Gavaudun
(just 10km to the north) has much to offer - from archery and climbing to mountain bike trips and speleology, as well as a beautiful 'donjon' ruin from a XIIth century chateau perched over the village and an excellent restaurant 'Le Café'
Explore some of the world famous caves in the area. In the Lot-et-Garonne, there are the 'Grottes de Fontirou'; in the Lot, there is the 'Gouffre de Padirac'; and in the Dordogne 'Gouffre de Proumeyssac', to name but a few.
From 27th July until 26 August, you can take a trip back in time with a visit to one of several medieval festivals which take place along the Bastide towns in the Dropt Valley. There are reenactments of battles, food to sample and displays of local crafts which you can buy. You can even hire a medieval costume yourself to really relive the experience of life in medieval France.
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