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).

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.

The Local Bastide of Eymet

Set in the crook of the river Dropt, the mediaeval city of Eymet marks the southern entrance to the Perigord region

Founded in 1270, the bastide of Eymet has witnessed a stormy past and was at the centre of historic rivalry between the French and English.   Today, it boasts a 13th century castle, Roman bridges, houses under arcades, and facades built with wooden beams which are still in evidence around the central square.   It also has several restaurants, shops, cultural and sports facilities, as well as an excellent tea shop set in a truly picturesque and tranquil environment.  The tourist office in Eymet are very helpful, and speak very good English.

For shopping, there are several excellent hypermarkets in Eymet and Bergerac, and for daily french bread there is a local baker about 2 km from La Roche.

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