The gites at La Borie are situated in a perfect location for discovering some of the finest scenery and most impressive sights in France. Our location between the Dordogne and Lot river valleys provides countless places to visit: its castles, ancient villages and prehistoric caves are among the most impressive in Europe.
The information below provides some ideas of places that you may wish to visit during your visit. Upon your arrival we provide an information brochure full of additional recommendations for places to visit and local activities to do during your stay.
Very close to the gites is Château de Bonaguil, the construction of which began in the 13th century and continued until the 15th, incorporating many of the most advanced defensive features of medieval castles ever developed. Of particular interest is a large, atmospheric cave underneath the castle. Bonaguil is situated in peaceful rolling countryside, of which there are excellent views. There are also a small number of restaurants in the village below the castle.
Since Roman times dozens of vineyards in the Lot Valley have produced some of Europe’s best wines. A short drive south from La Borie places you amongst one of France’s most famous wine regions, centred around the medieval town of Cahors.
Most vineyards provide free tasting sessions, cellar tours, and on-site stores. For example, the local vineyard Château de Chambert, an organic producer operating since 1690, offers free & private wine tasting, guided tours, a well-stocked cellar, and an informal bistro in a stunning location above the Lot Valley.
The Dordogne and Lot regions have some of the world’s most archaeologically-important prehistoric sites, including hundreds of impressive cave paintings at Lascaux and other sites throughout the beautiful Vézère Valley – many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Lascaux International Centre is one of the most visited attractions within the region, housing a complete, beautifully accurate replica of the original cave at Lascaux. Slightly closer to the gites is one the few remaining places where original cave art is allowed to be seen by visitors, Pech Merle, in the middle of the stunning Causses du Quercy natural park.
There are dozens of attractive market towns throughout the region in easy reach of the gites, such as Montpazier and Domme, hilltop fortified villages that are among the most beautiful in France.
Cahors is the local region’s largest town, with an excellent market, attractive half-timbered medieval streets and the famous Pont Valentré, a medieval bridge with three fortified towers (pictured). Cahors is set within a dramatic curve in the Lot river, and is famous for its excellent wine produced throughout the surrounding landscape.
Dordogne River Boat Tours
The Dordogne River is a centre of activity within the region, featuring some of Europe’s most attractive castles and villages along its length. One of the best ways to see and learn about the valley is on a Gabares boat, the traditional 18th century river boats used in the Dordogne Périgord region for transport of its produce.
A trip by Gabares Norbert lasts around 55 minutes and departs from La Roque-Gageac, taking in some of the region’s best views, including the 12th century castle and village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
The Causses du Quercy Natural Park
The Lot region is dominated by the rocky Causses du Quercy natural park, offering some of the region’s most dramatic scenery. Within the park you will also find some of France’s most attractive towns, including Rocamadour and Saint Cirq Lapopie (pictured).
There are also fascinating underground cave complexes and river systems, which can be experienced at the excellent Gouffre de Padirac, where the tour includes a boat ride on a subterranean river as you view the fascinating rock formations.
The Dordogne Valley contains several attractive gardens, including Eyrignac et Ses Jardins with its exceptional hand-sculpted gardens over 10 hectares located close to Sarlat-la-Canéda north of the Dordogne river.
The gardens at Château de Marqueyssac (pictured) are one of the most beautiful sights in the Dordogne Valley. Set amongst impressive gardens and folleys, its miles of shady clifftop walking paths provide some of the best views the region has to offer.