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.
A trip to Bergerac is a must
– the old centre is a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets, timbered houses, little shops and cafes overlooking the squares. Sit on the riverbank and watch the boats go by.
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.
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.
Take a boat trip
Sail up and down the Dordogne River on a traditional barge, discovering the wonderful landscape as seen from a boatman’s view. Lunch and dinner are served on the barge. Departure from Creysse (30 km), east of Bergerac.
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.
Pick up a walking itinerary/map from the tourist office in Castillonnès and discover the local area from a different perspective. There is a range of walks and bike rides to suit all.
More vineyards and châteaux
Visit the château of Monbazillac (16km) with its fine collection of XVIIth century furniture, and a museum of wine and its vineyards. Discover the wonderful wines in the area by tasting them at the château.
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.
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).
Visit the medieval Bastides of the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne such as Villeréal, Monflanquin, Beaumont-du-Périgord, Monpazier, Issigeac, Miramont-de-Guyenne......
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 1000 to 0100 the following morning – floodlit at night!
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.
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.
will enjoy the fabulous collection of waterlilies at La Tour-Marliac in Le Temple-sur-Lot (45min drive).
The Dropt Valley
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!
Enjoy a relaxing dinner on the terrace at La Périgourdine and plan what to do the following day, in full knowledge you do not have to do anything at all- you are on holiday!
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