In and around Le Bugue
Relax in this pretty French market town near the historic Vézère Valley
Amid the wooded hills and beautiful countryside of the Dordogne
Valley region in southern France, the medieval market town of Le
Bugue nestles on a bend in the picturesque Vézère River. Although
the tenth century Benedictine monastery around which Le Bugue grew
no longer remains the town has prospered, surviving ancient
skirmishes between France and England over control of the province
of Périgord and enduring the hardships brought about by the French
Boasting a wealth of handsome nineteenth-century architecture and a selection of appealing shops and restaurants, this charming little town bursts into colourful life each Tuesday when it hosts a market which is regarded as one of the best in the Périgord region, and which sells a wide variety of fine and fresh local produce along with toys, jewellery, clothes and a wealth of handicrafts from woven baskets to wooden chess sets.
Le Bugue is home to Europe's largest private fresh-water aquarium: the Aquarium du Perigord Noir which features over six thousand fish along with caiman, pythons and an assortment of reptiles.
On the edge of the town, Le Bournat is a full-scale recreation of a nineteenth century French village complete with workshops in which ancient crafts such as glass-spinning, engraving, basket-weaving and pottery are kept alive. There is also an original, and still working, walnut oil mill here.