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The departments of the Dordogne and the Lot are amongst the most beautiful and picturesque in France. Dominated by two periods of history, from the early days of mankind to the mediaeval period the region is full of historical monuments sited in spectacular countryside with one of France’s most beautiful rivers weaving its way through it.
One of the finest examples of a mediaeval town in France. The centre of the town is picturesque and all the buildings are beautifully preserved. Market days (Wednesday and Saturday) are well worth a trip and an evening visit is a must as all the old town is lit up. During the period between mid July and early August there is a theatre festival and throughout the summer you are able to watch the street performers and listen to the musicians who perform in the streets of the old town.
Two of the great chateaux of the Dordogne, dating from the 13th century and playing pivotal roles during the Hundred Years War. Castelnaud has an impressive museum of warfare, and both have spectacular views of the Dordogne river (and each other!)
Two contrasting styles of gardens, Marquayssac perched on the cliffs above the Dordogne valley has small formal gardens and then extensive walks along the cliff tops to the Belvédère overlooking La Roque Gageac (one of the prettiest villages in France). Every Thursday during July and August the gardens are lit in the evening with thousands of lights and there are jazz bands and live music. Its a magical scene. Eyrignac, located about 7km from Carlux is one of the foremost gardens of France, very formal and mainly green! The gardens of Cadiot (in the English style) are also in the vicinity and within walking distance of the Gites.
Les Eyzies, known as the Capital of European prehistory (National museum of prehistory, Grotte du Grand Roc, Abri de Cro-Magnon ). Font de Gaume located at the entrance of the village has one of the finest collections of prehistoric paintings still open to the public. Admission is limited to only 60 per day so you need to plan ahead as you may have to queue to get in.