French Calm

The perfect place to relax.

Things to do.

1 Riberac. Less than ten minutes by car. It has restaurants, bars and a wonderful Friday morning market that is the biggest in the Dordogne. In August there is also an Antiques market. Some nights in the summer there is live music in the square by the cafes

2 La Jemaye. If you like sandy beaches and swimming as well as being surrounded by a lush forest then you must visit here. It is about a thirty minute drive from the house.

3 Verteillac. A nearby village that sometimes has night markets as well as a couple of art galleries. It also has bistros and cafes as well as the Brocante with the lion and pumpkins outside.

4 Aubeterre. Has a most fantastic underground church hewn out of the rock. If it is a hot day this is one of the coolest places in both senses of the word. It also has a very pretty square with plenty of alfresco dining opportunities. Supposedly, one of the prettiest villages in the area.

5 Brantome. France’s Venice. An absolutely beautiful place bristling with atmosphere along with some prehistoric caves and some great shopping opportunities.

6 Saint Emillion. The “Mecca” for all wine buffs. This is a world heritage site and rightly so. Spend time wandering around and absorbing the history and atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed.

7 Perigueux. Nearest city within about a forty minute drive. Well worth a visit if only to see the medieval quarter with it’s narrow alleyways and hidden squares.

8 Bordeaux. Historic city that is fabulous. Plenty to do and see Have a look at the Bordeaux tourism web site to see the full range of events and places to see. This is another world heritage site and rightly so.

9 Lascaux. The famous prehistoric cave paintings which are only about an hour and a half’s drive away.

Riberac. La Jemaye. Verteillac. Aubeterre. Brantome. Saint Emillion. Perigueux. Bordeaux. Lascaux.