Delicious food from the markets
Don't miss all the great food markets. The area is well known for its food so head to Castillonnès on a Tuesday, Bergerac on Wednesday and Saturday, Eymet on a Thursday, Villeréal on Saturdays.
Have a coffee in the main square in Castillonnès and admire the arcades and the stonework. Take a guided tour around the town and learn a bit more about its history and architecture. The guided tour in English takes place every Tuesday, leaving the Tourist Office at 5.30pm.
The French love the cinema and produce some great films. There is a cinema in Castillonnès (Place Jasmin), which shows both French and English films (look for Version anglaise sous-titrée if you want to watch the English version).
The Dropt Valley & Extraordinary frescos
Go for a drive along the Dropt Valley, starting at Duras, through Allemans du Dropt, Lauzun and finishing in Villeréal. Or visit each town on a different day – there is plenty to see and do in each one. In Allemans du Dropt, visit the church to see the 15th century frescos – they depict lively devils and gruesome goings-on!
Water park for the children
Take the children to Aqua Park Junior Land, 10 mins from Bergerac in the direction of Bordeaux. There are four pools, with a water slide and direct access to the river for canoeing. Mountain biking, quad bikes, beach volleyball, table tennis are always on offer. The park is open daily from May to September from 10:00 to 01:00 the following morning – floodlit at night!
The famous golf course of Château des Vigiers (18 hole) is about 30km away. Have a game of golf and then come back and relax by the pool.
A spa day
If you wish to relax even more, visit Les Bains de Casteljaloux (just over 1hr drive) where you will find thermal spas, massages, Japanese baths, and outdoor pools.
Lake at Lougratte
The village of Lougratte, about 12km away (south of Castillonnès), has a great lake where you can go swimming, hire pedalos, go fishing or canoeing. On the lakeside, you can play table tennis, volleyball, and just relax and have a picnic. Open mid June to end August. Just across the road is a lovely restaurant with a nice terrace
A trip to Bergerac is a must
the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes, restaurants overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by
Take the children to the Parc-en-Ciel
in Lacapelle-Biron - 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 enjoy the fabulous collection of waterlilies at La Tour-Marliac in Le Temple-sur-Lot (45min drive).
Vineyards and châteaux
Whilst in the area around Creysse, visit the Pécharmant vineyards and the wonderful Château de Tiregard at the heart of a working vineyard – visit the barrel hall and the formal gardens and of course, taste the wine. You could also visit the château of Monbazillac (16km) with its fine collection of XVIIth century furniture, its wine museum and its vineyards, with the opportunity to taste the wonderful wines of the area at the château.
Visit the medieval Bastides of the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne such as Villeréal, Monflanquin, Beaumont-du-Périgord, Monpazier, Issigeac, Miramont-de-Guyenne......
Do not miss a wander around the famous wine town of Saint-Emilion (80km). It is the first wine growing area listed by UNESCO so it is definitely worth a visit. There is also a huge monolithic church carved out of limestone rock, as well as miles of underground tunnels and caves.
The city of Bordeaux
Saint-Emilion is not too far from Bordeaux, a beautiful city and home to good wine and food. This beautiful city sits on the banks of the Garonne and teems with culture and history, much of which is focused on wine! The lovely streets lead to squares where you can happily sit awhile and watch the world go by.
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