La Roche sits in the heart of the Purple Perigord
A thriving wine growing area, the landscape is striped with the vineyards of Bergerac, Pécharmant, Monbazillac and Saussignac, merging into the famous St Emilion on the western borders of the region. Ten thousand hectares of vines stretch along the meandering Dordogne, and there are many chateaux open for dégustation (wine tasting) and direct purchase.
The region is steeped in history, with many prehistoric sites, including the famous cave paintings at Lascaux. The town of Sarlat is a world heritage site, and there are numerous chateaux and gardens, not forgetting the Bastides (walled towns) – all worthy of a visit.
Renowned for its wine, the region also offers wonderful gastronomic delights. The many auberges and restaurants in the locality offer ample opportunity to savour the foies gras, duck and goose, along with the local fish and cep or girolle mushrooms. And, of course, there are lots of village markets.
A horse-riding centre is less than 2 km away and a leisure lake with water-slides is about 8 km. In Eymet (8 km), there are bicycles and tennis courts for hire. In Bergerac (15 km), you can go canoeing on the Dordogne, see the old quarter and its harbour, or visit the various museums, including those dedicated to river transport, tobacco, and, naturally, wine. At nearby Pomport, the 15th-century Chateau de Sanxet has a museum of old cars, and offers tastings of its own wine in an underground vault.