Walk to the Café with nibbles and sometimes concerts
In the small village of Montagnac (3km) is a lovely little café that also serves plates of ham and cheese and there are concert events some evenings. There is also wifi access. In July and August, the Friday evening market takes place just opposite this. Every 3rd Friday of the month, there is also a fish & chips van.
Wander down to the pond,
sit under the trees in the shade and watch the wildlife go about their daily business - frogs, fish, dragonflies........there is so much to see.
Take a stroll down to the watermill
just after Montagnac (3km) which houses a boulangerie for fresh bread. You can also order pizzas, cakes or croissants for the next day here too!
Take a glass of chilled local wine from the fridge
and sit on the front terrace at sunset to watch the sun slowly sinking behind the beautiful bastide town of 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 6 restaurants on the square (9 in total in the village)
Visit the local organic farm from which you can buy lovely tasty produce (6km). The town of Villeneuve 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 ones at Monflanquin on Thursdays and Salles (both 6km). There are, of course, morning markets too, in most of the villages around Pech Marty.
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 (13km) - 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.
Golfers will love the 18 hole course at Castelnau-de-Gratecambe
near Villeneuve-sur-Lot (21km by way of the country roads) or the fantastic golf at the Chateau des Vigiers Monestier (an hour's drive) with a spa, pool and beautician.
Canoeing in Casseneuil (27km),
just beyond Villeneuve. 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 (45 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 (16km) 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 only 7 ½ km further on? Afterwards, have coffee or lunch at the little restaurant/café at the foot of the chateau.
Visit the vineyards around Puy l'Eveque (30km)
and try the Cahors wine. 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 (65km). You can also book a tour on http://www.malbecwinetour.com/
Spend a day visiting the Châteaux of the Dordogne,
to the north of Pech Marty. Beynac, Castelnaud and its war museum, Marqueyssac's box garden are all open to the public and worth a look around - around an hour's drive to get there. Why not also include a wander around the picturesque town of Sarlat in the same area?
For a fun day out for the children,
take them to the Walibi Fun Park in Roquefort near Agen (52km) - 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!
Two chateaux which are in easy driving distance
are Chateau de Bonaguil & Chateau de Biron (18km)- good examples of architecture between the XIIth & XIXth centuries.
The village of Gavaudun
(after Montagnac in the Fumel direction - 6km) 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'
Wander the 'brocante' markets
which take place once a month between April to September in Monflanquin, as well as an antique market on the 14th July. The village of Issigeac, to the west, holds an antique market at the beginning of August and there are flea markets most weekends in the area. See if you can pick up a bargain!
Monflanquin is also home to many painters and artists,
many of whom offer short courses for those interested. Ask at the tourist office for more details.
There are two horse riding clubs near Monflanquin,
as well as an archery club and 4 tennis courts - plenty of scope for things to do!
Sit back and relax at Pech Marty.
Why not try a massage with aromatherapy and lovely essential oils to fully unwind from the stresses of life? This treat can be ordered when you make your booking or book when you're there.
If you feel the need to relax even more,
visit the hammam, heated pool and sauna in Monflanquin.
If the weather is too wet or too hot for you,
spend a couple of hours on a guided tour in one of the many caves found 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.
Head westwards towards Bergerac and Bordeaux for a wine trip
around the famous vineyards such as Buzet, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac, St Emilion.. Most will offer tastings in their 'cave' but don't forget to name one designated driver!
Go to St Aubin (about 5km)
to buy produce from an organic farm or go to the organic market on a Wednesday in Villeneuve-sur-Lot (20km).
For those who would like to know more about foie gras,
the famous dish of the south west of France, visit the Foie Gras Museum in Frespech. 4500 years of history from the Egyptians to today and they also have a great restaurant (30km).
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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