Last week (Tues 9th of april 2019), we decided to check on the Green Lane progress between Prigonrieux and Bergerac ie Le Chemin de la Batellerie (walk connected to the Pierre Loti footpath from the Bergerac port: my article here).
Work is still in progress with some parts already done (tarmac) and some not.
Fancy going on holiday but don’t know where to go? Here’s why you should consider the Dordogne Valley as your next destination!
1- Food Lovers Paradise:
Food is everywhere in The Dordogne: from foie gras, magret (duck), black truffle, cèpes (mushrooms), sermentine (bread), walnuts, trappe d’échourgnac (cheese), strawberries… The list goes on and on… So be sure to put in your suitcase some elastic waist pants !
Visit any french market and experience the variety and wealth of products … or better visit a night market to sample local food freshly cooked in front you and dance all night long!
And if you’re looking for a good restaurant, we recomment “La Table de Leo” in St Avit Senieur!
2- Quality and Cost Effective Wines
And how can we talk about food without mentioning wine?
Lonely Planet’s says, “Since [it’s] not as famous as Bordeaux and St-Émilion, the area around Bergerac is an essential, and affordable, stop for wine buffs.”
Need some help to learn about local wines and sample them? No problem! We can organise wine tours by taxi with local vineyards.
3- Plenty To Do and See
The Dordogne also called the Land of the 1000 Castles has plenty to do and see. Here’s our Top 10 things To Do in the area:https://goo.gl/kA4QxN
4- Location, location, location
Easily accessible by plane, train or by car, the Dordogne is a great destination. British Airways and low cost airlines like Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe… land everyday into Bergerac airport. More details about Bergerac airport: https://goo.gl/NqK9Cs
And if you’re looking to stay in a village and discover the area, we recommend Beaumont du Périgord, 20mins drive from Bergerac. Here’s why: https://goo.gl/ZT5Lfp
More infos: Rue du Tounet, 24100 Bergerac (On Bordeaux Road, just accross Ibis Hotel) Opening Hours: from Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 7.15pm FaceBook: https://goo.gl/rmbFmq
2- La Vie Claire
More infos: Address: 134, avenue de la Roque,ZA La Nauve, 24100 Creysse Opening Hours: everyday from mon to sat (9.30am to 7.30pm) Facebook: https://goo.gl/fY9z4d
More infos: Address: Avenue Paul Doumer Route de Marmande, 24100 Bergerac Opening Hours: everyday from mon to sat (9.30am to 7.30pm) Coordonnée GPS : 44,8373998792149 ° , 0,479094429638735 ° Facebook: https://goo.gl/kKRCiE
Each supermarket has a health food section. So if you’re looking for some basics, don’t forget to check out there!
Are you a sports enthusiast looking for an active holiday?
Our village, Beaumont du Périgord, has everything for the whole family.
Here’s four family friendly sport activities you can do while enjoying your stay here!
1- Horse riding (Centre Equestre du Pays Beaumontois)
If you are a horse/poney lover, there is no reason why you should not be able to practise your favorite sport even during your holiday.
Right outside our village, 5 mins drive from our rental, you’ll find the “Centre Equestre du Pays Beaumontois”, a Horse and Pony Riding School run by Isabelle and Luc. With their 13 horses and 21 ponies, they offer different activities from 1 hour ride for beginners to day ride or even longer rides out in Pays Beaumontois for more experienced riders.
And on markets days (night market on monday from 6.30pm, tuesday and saturday morning), children will enjoy getting on the back of one of these gracious creatures to go around the village, up the secrets passages and even around to their secret snack spot for some grass.
Lalinde Canal, built between 1838 and 1843, was designed to improve navigation from the village of Mauzac to Tuilières. The arrival of railway saw the decline of river transport and the canal become obsolete but it is gradually regaining importance and is now especially prized as beautiful place for walking and fishing.
So come along and enjoy watching pike, trout, perch swimming or indeed sunbathing… and discover the beauty of this peaceful place away from the traffic, hustle and bustle free of charge.
More details: Lalinde Canal, 15mins drive our village. Distance between Tuilières and Lalinde: 9kms.
Looking for some fun things to do with your family…. here’s some ideas!!!!
1- Feeding Koi carps : Les Jardins D’Eau (Carsac-Aillac )
8km from Sarlat, in Carsac-Aillac, you will be mesmerized by The Water Gardens, Les Jardins d’Eau, with its amazing display of 55 different types of water lilies, 30 Lotus plants and other aquatic plants!
Boardwalk maze, japanese inspired cascade and bridge walk, tame Koi carp you can feed, stroke and have them nibble your finger!
More details: Website: http://www.jardinsdeau.com/ Location: Les Jardins d’Eau – Saint Rome – 24200 Carsac-Aillac Each child gets some food for the karp at the entrance.
We have now seen several caves in Dordogne and overseas and I must say, Maxange is our number one with its eccentric concretions! It’s a display of rare quality which form bouquets that decorate the roof and walls of the caves.
6km from Cadouin, in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Maxange caves were discovered recently (in 2000) and classified in 2013. They are trully amazing and a must-see!
More details: Website: http://lesgrottesdemaxange.com/ Location: Lieu dit Mestreguiral, Le Buisson de Cadouin. Tour takes 40 mins French and english spoken Not suitable for wheelchair and buggy Only photos without flash are allowed in the cave (no video, no flash)
3- Discover the history of our fortified village at night time (Beaumont)
This summer, join a guided torchlight walk through our village to learn more about the history, architecture and tales behind its stone walls.
More details: Meeting Point: outside the Tourism Office (Place Jean Moulin in Beaumont) Dates: Every thrusday from 9.30pm Entrance fees: 6€ per adult (bonus: 1 free torch per family) free for under 8 years old children Extra torch: 2€
4- Easy & fun canoeing (Brantome)
Want to give caneing a try but don’t want to go on a tiring journey?
Brantome also called the “Venise du Perigord” is a fabulous place very picturesque with nice relaxed places to eat, beautiful gardens…. and the perfect location to go for an 1 hour of canoe round the town.
The river is often very shallow and feels safe for novice or nervous canoeists with two wiers thrown in for a bit of fun!
Sail one of electric boats: tug, trawler, ferry, steam Mississippi barges in Bergerac.
Adress: Miniature port, Pond Campréal, Pablo Picasso St, 24100 BERGERAC GPS 44.849014,0.501981 Price and opening hours: http://bit.ly/2pBWy3Y
6- Fun on tracks: The Velorail (Corgnac sur l’Isle)
This is great if you are looking for a fun day to see some Dordogne countryside with all the family or all your friends or both. Like a land version of a Jules Vernes contraption, let me introduce you to the Velorail. You will be pedaling all the way to a family fun day out guaranteed on an old railway system over bridges, through stations of an older bygone age. Bring a picnic basket to have along the way or wait to have a refreshment at the train station terminal. Then let off the brakes and roll all the way back down woohoo!!!!!
The track starts at the railway station of Corgnac sur l’Isle (1H45mins from our villa in Beaumont) Each Velorail has 2 sets of pedals and can take up till 5 people (adults and children all ages) Price: 27euros per Velorail (11km ie 2 hours of fun) Reservations are required by phone (tél.: +33 5 53 52 42 93)
In July and August, every thrusday, departure at 7.30pm just before dark for a thrill descent!
Tips: – arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue. – The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don’t break a sweat!!! – Don’t look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office. – During the week, you can’t have a pic nic at the arrival (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch. – Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.
7-Glide on a 18th c replica wooden barge to discover the Dordogne (Bergerac)
Tired of walking around trying to discover the treasures and beauties of the Dordogne? Here’s another way to put your feet up and take a short & sweet break! Comfortably settled on board on one of these 18th c replica barge, let yourself lazily drift on the water, a river once used to transport wood, wine and spices. Learn about the history of the area linked to the 100 years war, admire the splendid views and glide past some of Périgord’s most beautiful castles. The time flies very quickly but you’ll be glad of the experience.
8- On the top of the world: Panoramic Gardens (Limeuil)
Classified as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France” in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.
Standing on its rocky promontary at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil is well worth a visit. After exploring the village, carry on to the very top to discover The Panoramic Gardens with its exceptional views across the Dordogne Valley.
The gardens are more an educational attraction for kids rather than a formal garden and older visitors will enjoy the identification of plants and herbs. The setting and views are what makes the place unmissable.
9-Up up and away, Les Montgolfières du Périgord (La Roque Gageac)
Take advantage of clear day to take off from their base, just accross the village of La Roque Gageac in Dordogne for a breathtaking trip in the air. Open all year, this very professional team offers different types of rides but the most popular is Périgord 360° (1hour flight) where you can enjoy the views of different castles like Beynac, Puymartin, Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac..
10-Spy on the fish in Aquarium du Périgord Noir (Le Bugue)
Watch some wonderful, well-kept soft water creatures like koi carp,mirror carp,common carp, ghost carp, snakes,crocs ..And, if you stay around the carp till around lunch time you can feed them with mussels from one of the parks attendents.
12- Imagine what roman life was like in Vesunna museum (Perigueux)
This glass atrium hosts a stunning exhibit built over a dig site of a roman villa. It offers a glimpse into the past and brings to life what roman life was like. It includes stone buildings, plaster walls and.displays many original artefacts from the era. So in all, a must visit if you are in the area. But make sure you purchase the audio guide, it was only a euro and essential as all the signage is in French.
Built on a rock outcrop, Belvès boasts a breathtaking view of the Nauze Valley. It’s a fortified village dated back from the 11th century with a typical bastide layout and centre, and a preserved 15th century covered market hall. Despite the invasions and the wars, it has kept numerous vestiges of its heritages.
One of them are the troglodyte dwellings. Unique in Périgord, these 8 houses carved in the rock were the peasants’s refuge from the 13th to the 18th century are quite fascinating. The 45 mins tour guided will give you an insight of what was life like during medieval time and brings to life the history of this place.
Tickets sold in the Tourism Office and meeting point at the square Entrance fees : adults (5,50euros) children (2,50 euros) No pushchairs or buggies Tours start at 11am, 3pm and 4pm for a minimum of 4 people and max of 18.
14- Learn about our ancestors: Lascaux 4 caves (Montignac)
The International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) opened in December 2016 at the foot of the Lascaux hill is a must see if you’re visiting the Dordogne.
Book online your english tour: https://goo.gl/uJS23e Entrance Fees: 17€ for over 13, 11€ for children 5-12
15- Canoe past picturesque villages
Travel along the majestic Dordogne river and enjoy spectacular views (gorges, towering chateaux, fields of sunflowers, kingfishers, martins, and much more).
16- Revisit your childhood in Bridoire Castle (Ribagnac)
Not like any other castle, this place is nicknamed “The Castle of the Games” because numerous games from the Medieval period have been meticulously researched and brought together for the amusement of the visitors (archery, giant chess game, costume tent where one can get dressed as a typical knight….).
As you plan your next trip to the Dordogne, you should consider eating at these three places nearby our rental in the historic village of Beaumont du Périgord.
1- Breakfast at Café Ecureuil (Monpazier)
Le coffee shop, Café Ecureuil, is the best one in Dordogne.
It’s located 15mins drive from our rental in the awesome village of Monpazier.
Reasonably priced establishment where the coffee is out of this world and the service is fast and friendly. Homemade cookies, pastries… made with organic ingredients sourced locally when possible like milk, apple juice
Enjoy a nice cup of sweet, deep, buttery chocolate flavor coffee from Rwanda ! I guarantee you’ll go home buzzing and hooked!
And if you want to bring some home, you can buy the beans (6,50€ for 250gr).
More infos: Facebook: https://goo.gl/eBc4eV Open every day except on friday Address: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier
2- Lunch Chez Claudette (Beaumont)
It’s our favorite place for lunch! Delicious food, reasonably priced, with excellent service in a cosy corner off a side street only 5 mins walk from our rental!
Address: Bistrot Chez Claudette : 29 Rue Foussal, Beaumont-du-Perigord, Beaumontois-en-Perigord
Credit Photo: La Cuillière en bois (https://goo.gl/1TT7Di )
3- Dinner at La Table de Léo (St Avit Senieur)
For dinner, drive 15 mins from Beaumont and visit the quaint village of Saint Avit Senieur!
Right next to the late 11th Century church built in romanesque style and its abbey inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage, you’ll find the restaurant: La Table de Léo.
If you want to go for something other than the standard foie gras and duck menu, give this place a try, you won’t regret it!
…. actually, it depends where you parked your car!
1- Main squares in city centre:
Bellegarde, Republique, Carmes and Gambetta carparks
These 4 parking lots are all run by a private operator, the SAGS. At the automatic barrier, simply take a ticket and when you exit, walk up to the pay station, insert the ticket and pay by cash (coins or notes) or credit card.
2- Anywhere else in town:
1- Pay by plate parking system
To pay, simply enter the vehicle licence plate number and pay for the amount of time you want to park.
2- Pay by phone parking system (Timo App)
This new app called “Timo” brings you the simple, secure and convenient way to pay with your smartphone.
How to use it:
HBefore parking, simply download the app (Android: https://goo.gl/c5aB4Q or IOS: https://goo.gl/p5fuQd) and enter your data. 1- Logg in your account, 2 – Select your immat 3- Select parking aera (easy with the geolocation.) 4- Add the time duration you wish to park for 5- Park 6- At anytime, you can check how much time you have left and add more or not and 10 mins before the deadline, your phone will send you a reminder 7- If you hit the Stop button (« Je stoppe mon stationnement »), the parking fee is calculated automatically and debited to the card.
Both options are paperless, so no more forgetting where you put the ticket or queueing in the rain to pay for your parking!
The Dordogne is the perfect place to sample sweet treats with lots of bakeries/pastries shops to choose from!
And if you wonder, where to buy your croissant, baguette and pastry near Bergerac, here’s our 2 favorite places :
1- Boulangerie L’Epi beaumontois (Beaumont du Perigord)
Our village has a few bakeries but our favorite has to be L’Epis beaumontois.
5 mins walk from our rental, drop in, for fresh , out of the oven croissants and some delicious “sarmentine” bread for your breakfast. The “sarmentine” is a typical local bread with sesame, easily recognisable by its shape (split ends to illustrate the vine shoots from the vineyard ).
If you get a chance, try the walnut pie, it’s the house specialty!
Location: L’Epi beaumontois : n°15 Rue Romieu in Beaumont-du-Perigord,
2- Boulangerie Patisserie Deli “A La Gloire de Mon Père” (Creysse, Saint Sauveur)
A la Gloire de Mon Père is our latest find!
There are in two locations: Creysse (Main St) and St Souveur (Main St)
Everything is fresh, colourful and to die for!
Bonus: you can grab a table and treat yourself to a cup of coffee with one their oh so yummy pastries (try some “chouquette”!) before going for a walk along the river Dordogne!
Opening hours: Creysse (closed on mon) open from tues to sat from 6.30am to 2pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Sun from 6.30am to 1pm. Saint Sauveur (closed on mon) open from tues to sat from 6.30am to 1pm and 3.30pm to 7pm. Sun from 6.30am to 1pm .
There are so many bakeries/pastries shops in the area and at the end of the day, it’s a matter of taste! So, what’s your favorite place to buy croissant, baguette & pastry from? Let us know in the comments below!