MONTIGNAC SUR VÉZÈRE
La Penoterie is 4 kilometres from Montignac sur Vézère, known for the Lascaux caves. The history of this charming city goes as far back as the prehistory. A stroll through the streets is definitely worthwhile. All the necessary facilities are available in Montignac.
- Doctors and pharmacy
- Post office
- Tourist office
- Several bakeries and three supermarkets, including a large Intermarché.
In addition, there are also many restaurants where you can enjoy a simple pizza, crêpe or easy meal to an entire menu. Also there are many nice terraces. On Saturdays and Wednesdays there is a large weekly market.
Every Mondaynight during the months of July and August in Montignac, local producers bring their gastronomic wares and cook them to be eated at long tables.
The area surrounding Montignac lends itself to interesting daytrips. Here are a few recommendations:
Towns and cities
Sarlat lies 30 kilometres from la Penoterie. A tourist centre also called the pearl of Perigord. Sarlat is characterized by small streets, beautiful plazas and various sights. There is a fair every Saturday.
Perigueux has a beautiful late-medieval inner city with small streets and nice shops. The window displays are very photogenic. There are fairs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as a jazz concert every weekend in July and August.
This town is situated on the Vézère River. The old city is built against a hill and beyond it is a variety of retail shops and centres. There is a fair every Thursday morning. Beautiful gardens named “Les Jardins de l’ímaginaire” are close by.
Brive is the capital city of the Corrèze. A friendly city with nice shops, pleasant terraces and restaurants.
WALKING, CANOEING, CYCLING, TENNISING, GOLFING, HORSERIDING AND SWIMMING
La Penoterie makes an excellent base to hike from. A beautiful and diverse landscape is directly accessible from the premises and the area’s varoius routes lead to awe-inspiring vistas.
Montignac has a variety of canoe-renting businesses. The Vézère is a calm river that goes past old castles, cities and villages. Multiple excursions are available. A recommended route is the excursion to St Leon sur Vézère. In this friendly village by the river is a plaza with multiple restaurants and terraces.
Cycle enthousiasts can enjoy beautiful country roads with challenching climbs through scenic landscapes and charming French villages.
There is a public hardcourt in Montignac.
Within a radius of 45 kilometres are four eighteen-hole golf courses.
(www.dordogne.nl / Golf in de Dordogne).
In Tourtoirac (35 km from la Penoterie) is a riding school. There are various options for both beginning and advanced riders.
In the area are various options for those who enjoy swimming. Montignac has a public pool, St Lèon has a small beach by the Vézère and in Tamniés (20 km) is a lake. A bit further, in Rouffignac, is a large recreational lake.
BROCANTE, ANTIQUES AND VIDE GRENIERS
In our vicinity are a multitude of flea- and antique markets (vide grenier literally means ‘an empty loft’). The French love it. The wares are sometimes worth the effort. The atmosphere always is.
The present list of vide grenier-markets can be found via the link:
CULTURE AND HISTORY
The Perigord Noir is a georgeous region with a wealth of history. In the area, a multitude of prehistoric finds have been made. Various caves are worth a visit, among which the famous caves of Lascaux in Montignac.
Other sights in our area are:
La-Roque St Christophe
An impressive rock face more than 900 metres long and 80 metres high by the Vézère. In the rock face are hundreds of holes, which were inhabited in the prehistoric period. One of the terraces offers a breathtaking view of the valley of the Vézère.
St Amand de Coly
A small, very charming village with a church from the thirteenth century. It is often used for concerts in the summer. In july and August there is a foodmarket on Tuesday.
Chateau de Hautefort
An impressive castle on top of a hill with a brilliant view and a wonderfull garden.
Chateau de Losse
This castle from the sixteenth century is situated on a rock, which is an impressive sight. The castle was inhabited by Jean 2 de Losse and is furnished with authentic sixteenth and seventeenth century furniture.
A historic park, where prehistoric wildlife is exhibited.