Leisure & Interest
Part of your holiday plans is planning what to do when you get here.
The Dordogne and neighbouring Lot offer the holidaymaker in their own way, a variety of things to do.
If you wish to explore the countryside that surrounds "Le Crucifix" gite then a stout pair of shoes and a good map (the latest editions available to borrow at the Gite) is the answer.
Cycling is another way to explore the highways and byways of this part of the region - who knows you may find yourself cycling over part of the 2007 Tour de France route as it sped its way through this part of the Dordogne !
Canoeing or kayaking on the Dordogne is a great way to explore the river valley.
For those who would like to take it a little easier why not take a 50/60 minute round trip in a reproduction of a 19 th century Gabarre boat.
There are river trips from La Rouque Gageac, Beynac and Bergerac.
Some Gabarres have commentaries in English through ear-pieces while others will offer you a type written fact sheet to follow whilst the commentary is spoken in French & English.
Depending on what excursion you take you will see the magnificent Chateaux of Castelnaud, Fayrac, Marqueyssac, Beynac and Lacoste perched high on the cliff tops with the craggy rock faces appearing to cascade towards the river’s edge.
Those of you who are keen Ornithologists may like to avail yourselves to the Bergerac Gabarre trip where, we are reliably informed, that depending on the time of the year you will see some of our 'feathered friends' as it passes through a Bird Sanctuary.
Towns worth a visit are Sarlat and Domme ( Dordogne ) and Gourdon ( Lot ) all with a character all of their own.
In 1360 Edward III was handed Sarlat as part of a ransom for Jean II and remained in English hands for 10 years!
For an evening to remember a visit to the medieval quarter of Sarlat to sample the delights of strolling through the labyrinth of alleyways where you will find a whole host of restaurants, cafes and tourist shops.
In the height of the season street entertainers are very much in evidence.
Out of season peace reigns, only the buildings of centuries past can yield Sarlat’s history!
Both Domme and Gourdon, both bastides, (fortified towns) are places of adventure and discovery and best left to you the holidaymaker to explore!