Angouleme – capital of the Charente. Comic strip museum. Paper making. Cathedral, river trips and the chocolate factory! Classic car rally in September with races round the ramparts.
Perigueux – Capital of the Perigord. cathedral, roman remains, markets with foie-gras, truffles, duck and goose products etc
Cognac – Tour the brandy houses and learn about the happy accident that became the Charente aperitif – pineau!
Villebois Lavalette – chateaux, ancient market place with small Saturday morning market. Restaurant Le Lavalette, supermarket, bank etc
Brantome – set on two rivers hence it’s name the Venice of the Perigord has an abbey, watersports, glass blowing and brocante shops and lots of restaurants – try out the perigourdine cuisine.
Bourdeilles – chateau and canoeing.
Mareuil sur Belle – chateau, restaurant and supermarket. Small local market Tuesday. Very good fresh veg shop in the square and excellent boulangeries.
Verteillac – art gallery, restaurants. Merlauds – the shop where you can find just about anything!
Riberac – large market Friday, – a circle of romanesque churches in surrounding villages.
Aubeterre – said to be one of the prettiest villages in France. River beach, underground church. Lovely restaurant Hostellerie du Perigord.
further afield are – the famous Lascaux caves and the medieval town of Sarlat.
– the wine regions of Bergerac and Bordeaux including the lovely town of St Emilion.
– the futurescope , Park of the Moving Image at Poitiers
La Rochebeaucourt et Argentine (5kms) – fascinating limestone plateau with 6 kms sign-posted walk including exposed Roman Road, abandoned railway line, old underground stone quarries, rare orchids, etc. Picnic area near parking area.
14th century church. see history page for further details.
La Rochebeaucourt is undergoing a regeneration programme following the new bypass that has left the village lorry free. There is a small bar/restaurant, post office, and an excellent boulangerie to get your morning croissant and baguettes.