"Les Rosiers", Calès, Périgord

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Things to see and do

Sports and recreation:  Fish in the Dordogne or swim in the river from the fine beaches at Alles, Le Buisson and Limeuil.   Cycles can be hired, and there is a network of long-distance paths for the serious walker.   Canoes can be hired on the Dordogne or the Vézère; just leave your car and a minibus will take you upriver so you can canoe back down at leisure.   Windsurfing and water-skiing are available at the Bassin Nautique at Trémolat.   There are several golf courses within driving distance.   And of course every town has a petanque court where you can watch the locals play boules or try yourself.

Neolithic caves and prehistoric sites: The Vézère valley is to prehistory what Silicon Valley is to computers.   The little villages you pass through have named entire prehistoric cultures: Le Moustier, Crô-Magnon, La Madeleine.   Visit the many caves, including the world-famous painted cave of Lascaux, and the rock shelters of La Roque St.-Christophe.

Other sights:  The great castles of Beynac and Castelnaud face each other across the Dordogne half an hour's drive upriver.   Nearby are the historic towns of Sarlat and Domme, top tourist destinations packed with restaurants and boutiques.   Closer to Calès are the bastides, small picturesque examples of mediaeval town planning.   During the summer there are frequent fêtes, concerts and musical events in many of the local towns and villages.  There are also many open-air antique fairs and vide-greniers ( car boot sales).   

 

Food and wine

The Périgord region of France has its own superb cuisine and fine wines.  Local specialities include foie gras and cassoulet, a rich duck stew.   A wide selection of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables is sold at weekly street markets in the surrounding towns.   All these and more basic foods are also available in the local supermarkets; the nearest is only 10 minutes' drive.

Eating out: There is a good restaurant in the village, and more than 20 others within 20 minutes’ drive.  For foodies, the Vieux Logis in Trémolat has one Michelin star.  Or try a village marché nocturne, an open-air evening food fair where tables and chairs are provided and you buy food and drink from stalls.

Drinking: The local appelation controlée wine is Bergerac, available in dry red, white or rose.  Downstream from Bergerac the great claret vineyards begin; St. Emilion is only an hour’s drive.  The famous sweet white dessert wine of Monbazillac is also made locally.

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