View of the Bastide of Lauzun

Grottes (natural caves)

Below is a selection of a few natural caves not to be missed:

Grotte de Fontirou and Grotte de Lestournelle, both in the Lot-et-Garonne, and in the Dordogne you will find Grotte de Domme, Grotte de Villars, Grotte du Grand Roc, Grotte de Carpe Diem and Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

The Atlantic Coast

For a day’s outing you might like to visit the Atlantic coast, perhaps taking in La Dune du Pyla (or Pilat).  Situated in the south of the Arcachon Bay at La Teste de Buche, it’s the biggest sand dune in Europe at 107 metres and a 1 hour 45 minute drive away.  At its summit the view is spectacular, with the ocean coast, the inlet of the Bay, the large pine forest and, when the sky is very clear, the Pyrenees mountain range.  A detour to the splendid historic city of Bordeaux is well worth the trip if you are visiting this area.

Places to visit

For the most in-depth and up-to-date information click on the Lot-et-Garonne and South Dordogne Travel Guide

Bastides (medieval planned towns)

The main Bastide area covers most of Aquitaine and a part of the Midi Pyrénées region of France.  The largest concentration of Bastides is in the Lot-et-Garonne along what was once the shifting borderline between the English and the French-held lands.

Among the more famous, best preserved or most attractive are Monflanquin, Montpezat, Villeréal, Vianne and Puymirol, all in the Lot-et-Garonne and Domme, Eymet, Monpazier and Villefranche du Périgord in the Dordogne.

Castanet Farmhouse

Issigeac Market (Sunday mornings) is full of atmosphere.  There are three good restaurants where you can eat afterwards