Activites
Activites in the Dordogne
Activites in the Dordogne
Activites in the Dordogne Activites in the Dordogne There is so much to see and do in the Dordogne that we doubt you get the chance to do it all in one holiday! So to make your life a little easier and your holiday with us even more enjoyable we have made a list below of just a few of the fun and intresting activities avalable in the local area.

 

Canoeing
Canoeing in the Dordogne
Canoeing in the Dordogne
Canoeing in the Dordogne Canoeing in the Dordogne

We can arrange canoe trips for you on the Dordogne, our partners are based at Cenac and offer half day and full day outings taking in the two most beautiful stretches of the river. Carsac to Cenac and Cenac to Beynac. Suitable for all ages (over 4) it is a unique experience watching history pass you by as you float gently downstream. Once you have reached your destination a bus service brings you back to your car.

 

Aerial Parks
Aerial Parks in the Dordogne
Aerial Parks in the Dordogne
Aerial Parks in the Dordogne Aerial Parks in the Dordogne

If you fancy swinging through the tree tops then there are two aerial parks located about 10 minutes from Les  Gites de Carlux. The biggest, the Forêt d’Ecureuils has 120m slides and some of the tyroliennes are reputedly 40m high. The complex is divided into different zones, from young children through to adults. Since it opened it has been a very popular attraction for families staying at the Gites.

 

Horse Riding
Horse riding in the Dordogne
Horse riding in the Dordogne
Horse riding in the Dordogne Horse riding in the Dordogne

There is a very popular equestrian centre at Vitrac (about 15 minutes drive away). They have a full range of facilities for all ages and abilities.

 

Walking
Walking in the Dordogne
Walking in the Dordogne
Walking in the Dordogne Walking in the Dordogne

The GR6 runs through the centre of Carlux so you can use this national footpath to walk to Sarlat or Souillac. There are also a series of local circuits suitable for all abilities. We have detailed maps available.

 

Cycle Track
Cycle track in the Dordogne
Cycle track in the Dordogne
Cycle track in the Dordogne Cycle track in the Dordogne

The former railway line between Sarlat and Souillac has been restored and tarmaced and now provides an excellent cycle and walking track. It runs for around 22km, often by the river and is ideal for families as it is free of cars and is relatively flat.

 

Golf
Golf in the Dordogne
Golf in the Dordogne
Golf in the Dordogne Golf in the Dordogne

There are two golf courses in the vicinity, one at Vitrac and one at Souillac.

 

Markets
Markets in the Dordogne
Markets in the Dordogne
Markets in the Dordogne Markets in the Dordogne

There is at least a market a day, the most famous being the Saturday market in Sarlat and the Sunday market in St Cyprien. Go early to get the best selection and to avoid the crowds. There is a local producers market in Carlux on a Wednesday morning in July and August and a small market in the local village of St Julien de Lampon on Thursday mornings.

 

Local Shops
Shopping in the Dordogne
Shopping in the Dordogne
Shopping in the Dordogne Shopping in the Dordogne

Our local village of Carlux offers a range of shops, bakers, mini-supermarket and the halle paysanne. In July and August there is a weekly farmers market and there is a weekly market throughout the year in the village of St Julien de Lampon. There is a post office in the village and a pharmacy and bank in St Julien. Sarlat and Souillac are both 15km away with a full range of shops and a choice of 5 major supermarkets and 4 discount outlets.

 

Local Restaurants
Restaurants in the Dordogne
Restaurants in the Dordogne
Restaurants in the Dordogne Restaurants in the Dordogne

The Dordogne region is considered by many as the home of French cuisine. There are countless restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, among the outstanding are Le Relais de Cinq Chateaux at Vezac, La Meynardie at Salignac, Le Bistro de L’Octroi in Sarlat and Le Redouille in Souillac.

Within walking distance there is L'Escapade in the centre of the village. This is our local bar/restaurant offering simple sensibly priced menus of regional cuisine. Located just behind us is the Hostellerie de Bequignol, a small hotel with a gastronomic restaurant where you can enjoy fine al fresco cuisine.

If you are looking for vegetarian cuisine a number of our local restaurants now offer suitable dishes/menus.

 

Gastronomy
Gastronomy in the Dordogne
Gastronomy in the Dordogne
Gastronomy in the Dordogne Gastronomy in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a region where food is a corner stone of life, from the two hour lunch breaks to the daily ritual of a visit to the local boulangerie. This region is famous for its ducks and geese: in all the towns and villages you will see countless shops selling Foie Gras, pâtés and rillettes. It is also one of the principle places where “black diamonds”, otherwise known as truffles are found. Walnuts feature heavily in the regional cuisine, from oil for salads, gateaux, liquors and chocolates. The charentine melons and strawberries can be found in all the markets during the summer months. The famous goat’s cheeses (cabecous, crottins) can be enjoyed on a traditional cheese board or warmed and served with a salad as a starter.

The wines of the Dordogne region are of excellent quality, the Cahors region producing a very distinctive full bodied red wine and the Bergerac region producing full range of white, rose and red wines including the very famous sweet wines of Monbazillac.


Les Gites de Carlux

Bequignolle, 24370 Carlux, France.
Phone: + (44) 1484 687 391 Email: lesgitesdecarlux@gmail.com