4 Reasons To Holiday In Dordogne

4 Reasons To Holiday In Dordogne

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 !

Dordogne Strawberries L'Ancienne Ecole our self catering holiday accomodation near Bergerac in Dordogne SW of France

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!

Beaumont Night Market: excellent food & entertainment
Sample fresh local food cooked in front of you in Beaumont!

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

The Dummies’Guide To The Summer Night Markets In The Dordogne

The Dummies’Guide To The Summer Night Markets In The Dordogne

Beaumont Summer Night Market: Sample fresh local food while listening to the band! (Credit Photo: Journal Sud Ouest)
Beaumont Summer Night Market: Dance into the night! (Credit Photo: Journal Sud Ouest)
Beaumont Summer Night Market with pony rides

Summer in the Dordogne is always busy and there are always plenty of things to see and do !

One of our favorite is the Summer Night Market or Foodie Market (“Marche Gourmand”). If you’re in the area, it’s the best way to spend a brillant evening feasting on local food, freshly cooked in front of you and dance to your heart’s content.

It’s a very popular event and it’s no wonder it’s one of the highlight of our village, Beaumont du Périgord (Dordogne, SW of France) !

Every monday at 6.30pm, simply walk up the street from our vacation rental home to the market square, the beating heart of our village, to mingle with the locals and share an fantastic evening. Grab one of the tables which are set up and walk around the market stalls to buy directly from the local producers whatever you fancy for supper. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals (Lamb kebabs, duck sausages, mussels, black pudding, lamb chops.simple sausages or steaks, with chips naturally..). and deserts (yummy freshly picked strawberries….)and each supply the appropriate plastic cups or cutlery. There is something for all tastes. So you can choose your meal and take it back to the table and enjoy dining under the stars, al frescoe with music by a local band.

The Riding School CEPB is also present at the square to delight little ones with its pony rides! It’s a fun way to discover the cobbled streets of our village!

You’ll find similar Night Markets all around The Dordogne.
Here’s a list of the villages (Note: the list below may be subject to change so please do check with the local Office de Tourisme – Source: https://goo.gl/ZP7zsn)

Monday
Beaumont-du-Perigord, Couse et St Front, Bergerac, Montignac, Saint-Alvere, Saint-Estephe, Villefranche-du-Perigord

Tuesday
Bouzic, Champniers et Reilhac, Coux et Bigaroque, Eymet, Le Pizou, Saint-Amand-de-Coly,  Saint-Astier, Saint Alvere, Thenon, Tourtoirac, Tremolat Varaignes

Wednesday
Aubas

Thursday
Auriac-du-Perigord,  Issigeac, Loubejac,  Nontron,  Saint-Leon-sur-Vézère, Saint-Cyprien,  Sarlat (bio),  Verteillac

Friday
Besse, Brantome, La Chapelle-Gonaguet,  Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin, Javerlhac,  Peyrignac,  Saint-Cybranet, Salignac-Eyvigues,  Sigoules,  Valojoulx,

Saturday
Audrix ,  Saint Pompont

Sunday
Limeuil, Monbazillac

Don’t be shy, come and join the fun!