Places to visit
The region has numerous "bastides" (fortified towns) well worth a visit, e.g. Eymet, Monflanquin and Monpazier.
Monpazier (60 kms)
One of France's prettiest villages and described in the Rough Guide as, "like a drowsy yellow cat, slumbering in the sun" Monpazier is a typical bastide town constructed of lovely warm-coloured stone perched on a hill above the River Dropt. On Thursday mornings the central square comes alive with a bustling market, which sells mushrooms in season (August/September) and truffles in December. Lovely cafes in the market square.
Pujols (35 kms)
One of the prettiest villages in France with a regular open-air market selling produce, pottery and crafts. Lovely coffee places and ice-cream for the kids.
Montflanquin (41 kms)
Another of France's prettiest villages, founded in 1252 and perfectly preserved on top of a hill is visible for miles. The main square (Place des Arcades) is where the market takes place every Thursday and the neighbouring wine cooperative, the Cave des 7 Monts, represents 200+ local vineyards producing some excellent and reasonably priced wines with free tastings.
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St Émilion (72 kms)
St Émilion is a beautiful town with world-famous wine and macaroons to purchase. Lots of lovely cafes and restaurants, ice-creams, shops and a train which the kids love, which drives all around the town and surrounding vineyards - great fun!
Castillonnès (33 km)
The Bastide de Castillonnès is a lovely town to visit. A very well-regarded restaurant described as "stepping onto a film set" is at Hotel les Remparts
The Atlantic coast is 2 hrs away with wonderful beaches, e.g. Le Cap Ferret has beautiful sandy beaches with lovely clear water
The Dordogne is 5 mins away and has a host of attractions including the famous town of Sarlat (74 kms), the Lascaux caves (95 miles) and Gouffre de Padirac
Château de Monbazillac (44 kms)
Famous for its sweet white wine, Monbazillac is well worth a visit.