Wonderfully unspoilt scenery; well-marked tranquil paths along with Pinky-gold cliffs, forgotten river valleys, beautiful mediaeval villages.
Varied hotels, full of character, special gastronomic menus; swimming pools everywhere with World-famous Stone Age art; unrivalled pre-historic treasures and variety of Baby deer, red squirrels, buzzards and kites; vibrant orchids, poppies, garlic and wild mushrooms
Explore the limestone cliffs, painted caves, wild wooded valleys and meandering rivers of Perigord, following marked paths linking some of France’s finest fortified chateaux and hilltop fortresses. At the end of each day, you can look forward to an extravagant Perigord feast washed down with fine Cahors or Bergerac wines. Try the gourmet fare of foie gras, truffles, confits d’oie and the walnut liqueur eau de noix.
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil lies in the Périgord Noir area. It is served by the Gare des Eyzies railway station.
The Château de Beynac is a castle situated in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordogne département of France. The castle is one of the best-preserved and best known in the region.
Sarlat-la-Canéda, or simply Sarlat, is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. Sarlat is one of the most attractive and alluring towns in southwestern France.
Sarlat has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and 17C facades of any town in France and its richly ornamented stone buildings are protected by law. You feel like a time-traveller as you wander the narrow mediaeval streets peeping through archways into ancient courtyards.
Beynac is built on narrow terraces leading gradually to the top of a dramatic limestone crag overhanging the Dordogne. A steep footpath lined with stone houses takes you up to the castle where there’s a breathtaking panorama taking in the serpentine sweep of the river and the spectacular hilltop chateau. Visit the beautiful Jardins de Marqueyssac or go swimming, fishing, canoeing or take a trip in a flat-bottomed boat.
From Beynac you start off following the course of the Dordogne River along riverside paths, meandering through fields of maize, then climb up into the lively town of St Cyprien and via well marked paths through shaded woodland to your hotel set in lovely private gardens just outside Les Eyzies.
Les Eyzies – an archaeologist’s paradise – lies at the base of steep limestone cliffs crowned with evergreen oaks and junipers. The rock is riddled with caves and shelters inhabited by Stone Age man tens of thousands of years ago and the town is world-famous as the ‘capital of prehistory’. The Grotte de Font de Gaume contains multi-coloured paintings of animals and a remarkable frieze of bison.
Leave Les Eyzies taking the path through sleepy hamlets and shady wooded valleys. First stop is the Roc de Cazelle – a troglodyte cave complex excavated in the cliffs and inhabited from prehistoric to mediaeval times (and even, allegedly, as recently as 1966!). Then it’s on through woodland to the hilltop village of Tamnies for a refreshing dip in the pool.
The pretty flower-filled village of Tamnies looks down on the Vallee de la Beune. There is an interesting C12 church housing an amazing multi-coloured wooden crucifix. Not far from here is the Chateau de Puy Martin, perched on a hill and renowned for its lush furnishings and tapestries. We provide full walking notes for a local circular walk; alternatively there’s a sandy lake beach just 5 mins walk away where you can swim.
Your walk from Tamnies back to Sarlat takes you through woodland and up through the hills – great views of the surrounding valleys – via Marquay and on through the sleepy village of Campagnac with its evocative chateau. Then you’re on the outskirts of Sarlat, ready to savour its mediaeval delights again.
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