- On Saturday: in the city centre – all products from 8.30 am to 6 pm
- On Saturday morning : Place de la Liberté – food market from 8.30 am to 1 pm
- On Wednesday morning : small food market – Place de la Liberté from 8.30 am to 1 pm
- Off season : everyday (except on Thursday) from 8.30 am to 1 pm
- High season : everyday from 8.30am to 2pm. On Friday : from 9.30 am to 8 pm
Visit French Markets In The Dordogne
Whether it’s truffles, pink garlic from Toulouse, local fromages or traditional saucisson you’re after, a wander around one of the traditional French markets is sure to make your trip to the Dordogne even more special.
French Markets – Sarlat
Day Market (all year long)
Covered market (all year long) : Former Sainte Marie church – Place de la Liberté :
Organic night market : From the 17th of June to the 16th of September, it takes place Place du 14 Juillet (in front of the Post Office) every thursday from 6 to 10 pm.
French Markets – La Roque-Gageac
Le Marché des Gourmets et des Gourmands is a lovely event which takes place on the banks of The Dordogne river in the picturesque village of La Roque-Gageac.
Not only are there over 50 stalls with plenty of fantastic local produce, but there is also a medieval feel with music, dancing and a traditional banquet. More details on the Sarlat Tourism website.
French Markets – Gourdon
Nearby Gourdon has plenty of weekly markets, especially throughout the summer months. Saturday mornings is traditional market day, whereas there are additional markets on Sunday and Wednesday mornings throughout the summer.
There is also the Fête de l’Asperge on the 3rd May, celebrating the asparagus season. More details over on the Gourdon website.
Canoe Trips On The Dordogne
Say Dordogne to most people and chances are they instantly think of leisurely paddling downstream through dappled sunlight and surrounded by nature. Most guests here at Dordogne Holiday Barns come to canoe the Dordogne, or at least enjoy a few hours paddling about on this magical river.
Canoe The Dordogne – Short Trips
Most people will enjoy anything from a few hours to an entire day on the river. An excellent way to travel and soak up the local environment, day trips generally vary from 9km (2hrs) to 25km (5-6hrs).
Probably the most popular day trip for people staying with us here is a 16km paddle from Carsac to Laroque-Gageac. You will spend roughly 3-4hrs on the water and take in the sights of Vitrac, Cénac and Domme as well as some spectacular cliffs.
Canoe The Dordogne – Overnight Trips
More adventurous souls are tempted by overnight canoe trips on the Dordogne. Tour operators can transport you and all the equipment you will require up stream as far as Argentat (over 125km away) and let you descend the river at your own pace.
There are plenty of riverside campsites en-route and booking is not necessary. You can simply land, pitch up and enjoy a night under the stars.
As a rule of thumb you will expect to cover about 20km in a day and so you can plan your trip accordingly. The CanoeVacances website is a good place to start researching and planning your trip.
Canoe The Dordogne – Eye Witness
To get a true flavour of what the Dordogne can offer read this piece in the New York Times from Christopher Shaw. It gives nice insights into what’s on offer and some handy tips for those who have not ventured on the river before.
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Enjoy Cycling In The Dordogne
Many guests who visit us here at Dordogne Holiday Barns comment on the lovely rides on offer for those who enjoy cycling in the Dordogne. In fact many come to visit specifically for the cycling.
The hills are gentle, the countryside stunning and the rewards are simply breath-taking for those who venture out on two wheels. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a lycra lover or Bernard Hinault to get out and enjoy the quiet country lanes.
Cycling Les Voies Vertes In The Dordogne
Les Voies Vertes are a network of cycle routes which run throughout France. Although many guests leave the barns here with their map or gps in hand ready to plough their own furrow, another great option is making the most of the existing network of cycle routes – Les Voies Vertes.
Voie Verte – Sarlat Dordogne
The routes displayed on the map below (from Sarlat Toursime) offer some great opportunities for the recreational cyclist in Dordogne. There are various start and end points and you will be treated to a wealth of châteaux and beautiful towns and villages along the way.
Our friends at Freewheeling France have a lovely route which takes in 10 Châteaux, Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac and many other stunning little places, all in under 60km of beautiful cycling.
Bike Hire In The Dordogne
We know that once you have packed the clothes, the children’s clothes, the dog and what seems like everything but the kitchen sink, well there isn’t much space left for bikes!
We enjoy working with Bike Hire Direct who offer good quality mountain bikes and deliver direct to the gîtes. If you’re looking for more specific bikes such as a good quality road bike you may wish to consult the Freewheeling France website or ask on their facebook page.View Other Activities
La Roque Gageac, Dordogne France
Renowned as one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages de France, here’s a taster of what they say about La Roque Gageac:
‘In Périgord Noir, at the foot of a south-facing cliff, the creamy stone houses with their “lauze” stone slab or brown-tiled roofs are mirrored in the waters of the River Dordogne where the famous “gabares” (traditional flat-bottomed boats) laden with goods used to pass in the 19C.’
Yellow Stone Buildings of La Roque-Gageac
Like so many pretty little villages in this part of SW France, La Roque-Gageac is typified by the traditional houses made from the local yellow stone of the Dordogne. Many of these pretty houses follow the contours of the river, with others perched precariously on cliff-sides.
La Roque Gageac Troglodyte Forts
Perched even more precariously some 40 metre up the cliffs are the 12th Century Troglodyte Fortresses of La Roque Gageac, looking down on the village they were built to protect and the impressive Manoir de Tarde.
Canoeing At La Roque Gageac
Like so many parts of the Périgod and Dordogne, some of the real pleasures are to be had upon the water. Gently paddle your way down-stream past La Roque Gageac to appreciate the true splendour of this lovely village.View Accommodation