Falling under the spell of
our beautiful villages
Lalinde, once bore the name La Lynde, a more British name for the Bastide was founded under English royal authority in 1265. Except for the remains of the bastide (some defensive buildings, a reinforced city gate and city walls), the area is well worth a visit . Three different hiking tours start into the area from Lalinde every day (July and August). These tours are accompanied and explained by a walking guide. In the summer months there is a lot to do in Lalinde, ranging from medieval festivals to theatre and musical performances.
A few kilometres away from Lalinde you can visit the Château de Lanquais which gives you a good idea of daily life in the Renaissance. Furthermore the Château de Baneuil from the 13th century is worth a view.
In the adjacent village Mauzac is a nautical club: here you can sail on the Dordogne. You can also rent a boat. You can make a boat trip from there with a Gabarre. Lalinde itself has no beach, but you can take a swim in the Dordogne on several places
Lalinde is a charming region center with friendly and helpful people and many facilities and activities. There is a pleasant shopping street ,an old town center, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, terraces, delicatessen and wine shop. Every week on Thursday and Saturday morning there is a market with something for everyone.
The little village of Tremolat is on the Dordogne river, on a large sweeping bend of the river to the east of Bergerac. It is visited both for the pretty village and for the lovely views from the nearby belvedere.
Like so many villages in the Dordogne, it is the overall appearance of Trémolat that provides its charm, with the old stone buildings and the picturesque village centre.
Although the village itself is the main highlight here, there are a few small features to enjoy in Trémolat as you explore, with the most noteworthy being the two churches:
1) The large Church of Saint Nicolas is in the centre of the village and dates from the 12th century. At that time, it had various associated monastic buildings, of which traces can still be seen in the area immediately to the right of the church.
This area once held the cloisters (they disappeared during the Hundred Years War) and you can still see three stone arches that were once part of the 'salle capitulaire'. Although not much remains, these provide a tantalising glimpse of what must have once been an important religious centre.
Inside the church, the principal attraction is the 14th century frescoes, one of which depicts the Last Supper.
2) Just on the edge of Trémolat there is a second church, within the grounds of the cemetery. This church, also from the 12th century, is a fascinating contrast to the Church of Saint Nicolas. It is very small, and has a lovely roman style facade with ornate stonework around the doorway. The rear part of the church was rebuilt in the 15th century.
You can also see a traditional bread oven, and sit at a café in Trémolat and enjoy the peace. There are several restaurants around the village centre.
Cingle de Trémolat
Just outside the village, there are viewpoints where you can admire the scenery Above all, the views from the Belvédère de Trémolat are magnificent. The view stretches about 180 degrees across an enormous bend in the Dordogne River, with hills to the outside of the river and flat, agricultural land inside the loop.
In the other direction from Trémolat, is the Cingle de Limeuil, another raised belvedere area above the a large meander in the Dordogne river.
There is also a 'plan d'eau' (a place where you can take a dip in the water to cool down) at Trémolat.
Note for cyclists: there are many cycle routes in the region, but the one that follows along the river and includes the Cingle de Trémolat and the Cingle de Limeuil are the favourites, and on quiet roads for most of the year. A bitit hilly though!
There are numerous attractive villages nearby including Limeuil, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France', and many scenic highlights such as those along the Vézère valley to the east of Trémolat.
For somewhere slightly less visited than these better known sites, we suggest you take a trip south of the river to visit the quiet villages such as Cadouin and Molières.
Sarlat, the capital of the Perigord Noir, is situated in the heart of a forested area , to the east of the great region of the Aquitaine and close to the Dordogne valley.
The name Sarlat itself, evokes both gastronomic and cultural pleasures. Its worldwide reputation is linked with its rich history from the Middle Ages onwards. Its evolution over the centuries has left it with an exceptional heritage.
Sarlat was the first place in France to be safeguarded by being restored under the Malraux law of 1964. Its classification as Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Artistic and Historic Town), is testament to its high architectural quality. Its medieval lanes and its large, sunny squares, particularly lively on market days, create an agreeable atmosphere.
Sarlat has been awarded the exceptional three star classification by the Michelin Guide, making it equal to Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Sarlat is a privileged site in the heart of “Black Périgord” to the edge of Quercy. You are at the center of the best tours of the Dordogne and Lot.
Some of the famous attractive sites of the area:
Le village de Domme - A beautiful village perched on top of a hill (5km)
La Roque Gageac - Picturesque and hillside village on the banks of the Dordogne (10 km)
Les Gabares - Discover the treasures of the area on boats traveling the Dordogne (10 km)
The overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac - Vézac (8 km)
Gardens in the heart of black Périgord which is a classified site of 22 hectares
Lascaux 2 - The famous prehistoric caves, Montignac
Rocamadour - Monastic Village on the cliff side (40 km)