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Places of Interest

Brantôme

Known as the Venice of the Perigord, Brantôme lies in the charming Vallée de la Dronne. Its old abbey and picturesque setting make it a delightful place to visit. The town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire and is classed as one of 'les Plus Beaux Detours' in France.

Bourdeilles

The impressive castle of Bordeilles, with the village clustered below, stands imperiously above the River Dronne. It was here that the chronicler Brantôme was born in 1540. A tour of the château last approximately 1 hour.

St-Jean-de-Côle

A medieval village classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, St-Jean-de-Côle is well worth a visit. Although small, the narrow streets are lovely to explore, with many houses sporting bright window boxes. A hotel with bar, a café and a small restaurant give plenty of opportunity to stop and enjoy the surroundings. The village holds a flower festival, "Floralies", over a weekend every May, which is spectacular, even if one is not in the market to buy plants. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grotte de Villars

A tour lasting about 1 hour follows galleries linking several chambers dug out by an underground river. Halfway through the tour, a sound and light show provides a spectacular overview of the main stages  which led to the formation of the cave.

 

Château de Jumilac-Le-Grand

Like a fairytale castle, Jumilhac reaches to the sky with its pointing roof topped with iron finials decorated with human and fanciful figurines. The medieval structure and defensive situation of the château are obvious. The French-style hanging gardens are landscaped around a theme of gold an alchemy.

 

Périgueux

Périgueux is an ancient town built in the fertile valley of the River Isle. Its long history can be traced in its urban architecture and two distinctive districts, each of which is marked by the domes of its sanctuary: the Cité district overlooked by St Stephen's tiled roof, and the Puy St-Front district  with the Byzantine silhouette of the present cathedral bristling with pinnacles. Périgueux's gastronomic specialties, with truffles and fois gras occupying prize position, have become famous around the world.

Limoges

The ciy of Limoges is the administrative  capital of Limousin. The site was chosen for its defensive position, with a ford across the Vienne and a two-stepped plateaux that could be put to defensive use. In the Gallo-Roman period, when the town was known as Augustorium, it spread out in an amphitheatre along the right bank of the river. In the Middle Ages, two separate rival townships developed: the Cité Épiscopale grouped around its cathedral built on a low shelf overlooking the Vienne, and the Château, the busy commercial town  on the opposite slope in the shadow of the powerful abbey of St-Martial. The city's industrial rise is largely due to its porcelain and enamel works.

 

Château de Hautefort

Originally a medieval fortress, the château was completely transformed during the classical period. As times and fashions changed, the fortress gradually turned into a place of leisure. The Château experienced its most sumptuous period in the 17th century. In its classicism, Hautefort more closely resembles a Loire château than the castles of the region. Its imposing, majestic form is a reflection of the power of the Lords of Hautefort.

Sports and Recreations - Espace Hermeline

Just 15 minutes away at Bussière-Galant, Espace Hermerline offers a wide range of adventure and leisure activities. The lake has a supervised swimming beech while the wider area is great for family walks, picnics and barbecues. For adventure, try out the massive zip-line over the lake, the bungee ejector, or the 'go-ape'-style tree-top assault

course. See the Space Hermeline website

(link above) for full details. Further activity

programmes are available for the area of

Jumilhac le Grand and for Rouffiac.

Activities include tree climbing,

waterskiing, sailing, archery,

rock climbing, ziplines,

windsurfing and

horseriding.

Montignac

This very pretty village on the Vézère River is most famous for being home to the Lascaux Caves. Both the caves and Montignac itself are well worth a visit.

Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is a martyr village emblematic of the cruelty of Nazi terror. It remains as it stood on the day of its destruction as a reminder of that terrible period and in memeory of the 642 men, women and children who were massacred. A visit not to be take lightly. However, it can constitute an important educational visit with its excellent memorial centre.

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