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Aubeterre sur Dronne

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a commune, situated just 7km from La Petite Maison Au Coin, in the Charente department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. It has been officially listed as “One of the most beautiful villages in France,” since 1993. A Saturday market, up market shops and eateries attract many visitors

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is also well known for its Church of Saint Jean, an underground, Monolithic Church.

Aubeterre also has a fabulous, bathing lake with beach at the side of the River. Here you can hire canoes, play tennis and other activities.

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St Aulaye

St Aulaye is an attractive village not far from Riberac in the north of the Dordogne department.

Saint Aulaye is a small bastide town and was built in 1288 by Pierre de Bremond.

Park your car in the centre of the village and the Romanesque church of Saint Aulaye is a pleasant stroll out to the edge of town. Narrow streets meander down towards the church which is 11th century and has good sculpted capitals.

From the church you get very good views of the Renaissance chateau of Saint Aulaye, most unexpected in this little village. The chateau is now the town hall and dates back to the thirteenth century. Some of the original ramparts still exist and, like the village, date back to the thirteenth century.

The village is also known for its rare 11th century bridge spanning the river Dronne. There is a lovely, sandy river beach in the town – a very popular spot in the summer.

There is a busy museum of cognac and wine in the village – the Musee du Cognac et du Vin.

Market day in Saint-Aulaye is a Saturday morning making this a particularly good time to go – see Saint-Aulaye at its most colourful and stock up on the deliciously tasty local fruit and vegetables at the same time.

Saint-Aulaye is a former commune in the Dordogne department in southwestern France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune SaintPuymangou.

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Riberac, Dordogne – a pretty town with a lively weekly market!

Riberac is in the north of the Dordogne to the north of Mussidan. This is a quieter part of the Dordogne department but not far from the busy summer crowds to the south.

Dating from the 9th century and set in the Dronne valley, Riberac is at its best on a Friday at its market day for reputedly the biggest market in Perigord.

It’s a pleasant town in an attractive setting in the rolling countryside of the northern Dordogne region.

Riberac is a pleasant market town which is pleasant to explore, stop for lunch or a coffee or browse the shops along the high street. It is popular with all nationalities.

If you are travelling with children or want to work off some of the pounds gained eating the delicious Perigordine food there is a superb outdoor swimming pool at Riberac. It is clean and very cheap to visit.

There are two main attractions near the town – a large forest, the ‘Foret de la Double’; and lots and lots of Romanesque churches. Some examples can be seen at Festalemps, Faye and Siorac-de-Riberac.

Riberac makes a very good base for exploring this northern part of the Dordogne – don’t miss Lusignac, a very pretty little village with good views, a nice medieval church and a chateau.

Other Interesting Places To Visit

Bordeilles – To the east is another pretty village and has an impressive chateau at its centre.

Bordeaux – Just an hour away by car or why not get the train from nearby Chalais? This fabulous, vibrant city is a must see.

Bergerac – Famous bastide, steeped in history, you will love its markets and many winding medieval streets. Superb eateries and river views.

Perigieux – Very pretty town with many shops and it’s own market. Plenty of town centre parking.

Sarlat – Beautiful village in the heart of the Dordogne.

Eymet – Another pretty little village with under cover square. Some stunning examples of medieval buildings.

Les Ezyies – Built into the Dordogne cliffs with spectacular views over the valleys of the Dordogne.

… and so, so much more!

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