The Region

Outstandingly beautiful landscape!

As featured in Rick Stein’s French Odyssey

Here in the Lot-et-Garonne you will find a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries – off the beaten track but with all the themes of French life at hand – farming, food, wine and spirits, art and architecture. We are sure that you will be captivated by the gently rolling scenery, the beautiful buildings, the warm welcome of the people and the climate.

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The locally grown food is delicious and the wine needs little introduction. Visit the local markets (there is one every day of the week somewhere near), take a tour of the moulins (windmills), the bastides (fortified towns) or walk beside the river. The region is famous for its produce. Plum and nut orchards stretch across the gentle hillsides and cornfields and sunflowers give a golden glow to the landscape. There are many walks which take you through the growing regions and which have stunning views.

Feeling energetic? – for the sportif there are many opportunities. Walking, cycling, tennis, golf, horse riding are all available close at hand.
(golf lovers check out the courses close to Peyrenègre –
For the explorers there are tourist circuits which take you by car from village to village and from stunning viewpoint to stunning viewpoint. There is a wealth of history to explore.
For the shoppers there are several larger towns nearby.
For music lovers there are jazz and blues festivals and there is an orchestra and a Cabaret group at Vertueil, an adjacent village…….
……. and for those lazy days there are wonderful local restaurants – a huge menu plus wine for less than 15 euros.

The gites all have a guest book which gives a full listing of places of interest and seasonal activities. These range from riding the rollercoaster at Walibi to strolling around the water lily garden at Temple-sur-Lot , relaxing in the thermal baths at Casteljaloux or cycling and walking in the countryside. During July and August there are marché producteurs almost every evening – take your plate and knife and fork, buy your supper from a local producer who will then cook it for you, then eat it at long trestle tables while listening to the entertainment. Whatever you decide to do we can guarantee that you will find a visit to the Lot-et-Garonne a relaxing and interesting holiday.

Find out more on the English version of the Lot-et-Garonne tourist information site

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