The picturesque village of Plazac is situated in the Périgord Noir region, and is within walking distance of the house. Some parts of the village, including the church, date back to the 12th century.
Montignac, some 15 kilometres from the house, is the closest town and sits on the banks of the River Vézère, with the old bridge connecting the two halves of the central area. Its’ close proximity to the famous Lascaux Caves tend to be the main reason that tourists visit, but in reality it is one of the most picturesque riverside towns in the area.
Home to the National Museum of Prehistory, Les Eyzies and its surrounding area contain many important archeaological sites, including Font de Gaume and Grotte du Grand Roc. The village itself is variously looked down upon by many prehistoric rock dwellings.
From Montignac the river flows South West through Saint Léon, Les Eyzies, Le Bugue and then Limeuil where it joins the Dordogne River flowing west towards the Gironde and the Atlantic Coast.
Vézère River is a tributary of the Dordogne, flowing through prehistoric cave sustems this beautiful river has many beaches and areas perfect for relaxed walks or canoeing or even wild swimming... exhilarating!
Bergerac is well worth a day trip! With its old town on the River Dordogne, it is central to the wine region of the same name and is immediately east of the larger vineyards of the Bordeaux region. Pecharmant, Montravel and Monbazillac are shipped and known throughout the world for their consistency and taste.
Discovered in 1940, The Lascaux Caves contain some of the best known Paleolithic art in the world, and are estimated to be some 17000 plus years old. The images are primarily of large animals of the period, horses, bison, bulls, stags etc., but also include human figures and abstract signs; they account for close on two thousand items in total.
Due to changes in the original cave environment and subsequent deterioration of the drawings, Lascaux II, a replica of two of the cave halls was opened to the public in 1983.
Although the river flows through several regions, the Dordogne department sees it pass through Beynac-et-Cazenac, Sarlat and Bergerac. Each with its’ own reason to visit, be it Castles, Chateaux or historic relevance.
Dordogne River has many beaches and areas perfect for relaxed walks or canoeing or even wild swimming... exhilarating!
A beautiful mountain range some distance South from the house, but well worth a trip and an overnight stay for the total contrast in scenery and styles.
The Pyrenees are geologically older than the Alps, and are notable for the elevation and scarcity of mountain passes and for the large number of torrential rivers and waterfalls surpassed only by those found in Scandinavia.