Towns & Villages

Domme

40 minutes drive

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Domme is a fortified village that sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Dordogne valley, and is one of our favourite places to visit. It is a delightful place to stroll around, with lots of cobbled streets to explore. In Summer there are lots of interesting shops to browse selling artisans arts and crafts, as well as a good selection of cafes and restaurants. The highlight of a trip to Domme has to be the fantastic views of the Dordogne valley. Oh...and we can never resist an ice cream from the glacier just off the main square!

There are some caves beneath Domme, which are accessed via a lift below the tourist office. In the Summer, a Petit Train operates which tours the village, starting and finishing in the main square. This is great option if you have very young children or just old and tired legs as some of the streets are fairly steep! 

Les Eyzies de Tayac

20 minutes drive

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Les Eyzies lies between the Vezere river and and some imposing cliffs which overhang the village. It is home to a number of important sites including the National Prehistory Museum, the Grand Roc and Font-de-Gaume Caves. The town itself is small and lies mostly along one main street with a reasonable selection of bars, cafes and restaurants. There is plenty of pay and display parking off the main street which is clearly sign posted, however in July and August it can get busy. Les Eyzies is a popular starting or finishing point for those wishing to walk or get out on the river, and so there are several good canoe hire companies operating in the town.

Saint Leon Sur Vezere

10 minutes drive/45 minutes walk

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This is perhaps the most popular village in the area for reasons that will be obvious when you visit. It is a 45 minute walk along the river from our Gites, and if you do choose to walk, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the river along the way, and of the village as you arrive. It's all a little Bohemian, with a lovely mix of riverside cafes, local artisan's shops and old stone houses. The village has a small shop selling bread and other general supplies, and some of our favourite places to eat. (see our 'Eating Out' page for further details). In July and August, St Leon is home to one of the best night markets in the area, which take place once a week, and provide the setting for a lovely evening out, (see our Night Markets page for further details).

Montignac

10 minutes drive

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It's our nearest town, and home to all the essential things you will need to help you enjoy your holiday. Montignac sits right on the Vezere river, with a one way traffic system linked by two bridges, one at each end of the town. It is a busy little town, with markets held on both Wednesday and Saturday mornings. There is a good Intermarche supermarket (with petrol station) just before you reach he town on the D706, and in the center of town you will find a good selection of bakeries, cafes, restaurants and bars. Parking is easy, with lots of pay and display spaces. Montignac is best known for the world famous Lascaux Caves, which were discovered in 1942, and contain some of the worlds earliest and best preserved cave art.

Le Bugue

35 minutes drive

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Le Bugue is a small market town on the Vezere River, between Les Eyzies and Limeuil. It straddles the river and the bridge across the Vezere is an important crossing point so can be busy in high season. Just outside Le Bugue is the Gouffre de Proumeyssac cave, which is well worth a visit. It is a spectacular cave with a rather gruesome history, and lots of stalactites and stalagmites. Le Bugue is also a popular destination for families as there are lots of attractions in the area suitable for young children, including a large waterpark, an aquarium, the Parc du Bournat 1900's Village and canoe hire.

Terrasson Lavilledieu

30 minutes drive

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Sarlat La Caneda

30 minutes drive

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Perigueux

45 minutes drive

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Begerac

1 hour 15 minutes drive

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Limeuil

45 minutes drive

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