Discover The Dordogne
Anyone who hasn’t been to the Dordogne and Le Perigord Noir Noir before is in for a treat as there are so many things to see and do. Canoeing on The Dordogne River, sightseeing, visiting and planning your evening meal at a local market or strolling around one of the nearby Bastide Towns are to name but a few.
Whether you are old or young, a family or a couple, the area is full of different experiences all year round and not just in the long hot summers.
Caves, grottos and prehistoric sites
The hills of the area are dotted with caves and grottos both for family visits and those wanting to pothole. One very popular spot, Bara-Bahau Caves is less than five kilometres away.
Just about everyday there is a market locally and in the summer, many will have musicians and street entertainers adding to the atmosphere. The produce markets disappear at about 1pm when the local cafes then spread their tables and chairs onto the square for lunch.
Nearby Sarlat-La-Caneda turns into a huge market on Saturdays for products of all kinds: duck and goose, goat and bovine cheeses, breads, walnut cakes, pastries; wines, brandies, and aperitifs. The range of produce is varied and wonderful, and is a treat to behold.
Châteaux’s and Bastide Towns
The Dordogne region has many of the finest châteaux in France, often in spectacular locations, and frequently surrounded by carefully manicured gardens with wonderful views over the Perigord countryside. Many date from the turbulent times in the 12th-14th centuries and the wars between England and France. Some of the better known ones in the area are The Château de Milande, Château Castelnaud and Le Château de Beynac.
The “Bastide” towns of southwest France are a growing tourist attraction, and comprise one of the largest collections of well-preserved mediaeval townscapes to be found anywhere in Europe. In many of the local Bastide Towns, the layout of streets and buildings has remained virtually unchanged for over six centuries, if not longer. There are many within half an hour’s drive of La Boissiere, some being Monpazier, Villeréal and Belves.