Local Area

La Badouisse Local Area

The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful areas of France and forms part of the Aquitaine region.

Originally known as the Périgord Department, La Badoussie is set within the Perigord Noir, famed for its history, cuisine, châteaux and stunningly pretty villages. The house is 4km from the Perigordian village of Daglan, 10 km from the River Dordogne and 20km from the famous Renaissance town of Sarlat.

What makes the immediate area very special is that within a short drive from La Badoussie, you can go from the stunning Medieval towns, villages and & château’s in the Dordogne Valley, to the Vezere Valley, which has Prehistoric caves, troglodytes and cave art in abundance and more than 160 UNESCO sites of interest.

We have put together just a very small list of some amazing attractions the Dordogne has to offer.


La Badoussie SarlatIs by far the most important tourist site in the region and is also the capital of the Perigord Noir. Its worldwide reputation is linked with its rich history from the Middle Ages onwards. Its evolution over the centuries has left it with an exceptional heritage. Sarlat Market is a must for food lovers. There is a lively and cheerful atmosphere, the stalls are colourful and wonderful smells abound, all set against the background of a beautiful town with exceptional, historical architecture. Not to be missed.

Château of Castlenaud

La Badoussie Château of CastlenaudStanding since the 12th Century high over the Dordogne valley, with magnificent views of the châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac. During the Hundred Years War the château was often in English hands but was eventually taken back by the French. In the 17th Century it was rarely inhabited and even used as a stone quarry but in 1966 it was officially listed as a Historic Site and an enormous programme of restoration began. It is now given over entirely to the display of warfare in the Middle Ages, a collection of arms and armour and outside can be found actual size catapults and cannons.

Les Eyzies de Tayac

La Badoussie Les Eyzies de TayacIs the worlds undisputed Prehistoric Capital with numerous painted caves and proliferation of rock shelters. In the Vézère valley, between Les Eyzies and Montignac, there are over 200 Palaeolithic sites. The excellent (child friendly) museum exhibiting 400 years of human evolution is a must.


La Badoussie DommeIs one of the most famous Bastides in the region, with most of its 13th Century ramparts, including three fortified gates, still intact. It was a one-time base for the Knights Templar, whose graffiti can still be seen in the towers by porte des tours (where they were imprisoned in 1307). The village is so picturesque that it has become quite touristy but the stunning panoramas of the Dordogne valley and river are worth a look.

La Roque Gageac

La Badoussie La Roque GageacOfficially classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages. Virtually unchanged in the last 300 years, this spectacular village is situated on the north bank of the river Dordogne and surrounded by troglodyte dwellings.


La Badouisse Lascaux
Is the setting of a complex of caves famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings which are estimated to be over 17,000 years old. In 1979 Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Château of Monbazillac

La Badouisse Chateau of Montbazillac The combination of Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle vine stock grown on the sun-kissed slopes of Monbazillac makes this wine one of the best known of the Bergerac wine producing region. After a visit to the Château there is complimentary wine tasting


La Badoussie Markets
One of the great pleasures of a holiday in France is being able to browse at the local markets. As you wander, your senses will be aroused with the perfume of herbs and spices….here you will find quality fruit and vegetables at excellent prices, also meat, bread and cheese….in fact the perfect way to begin your holiday is to visit a local Sunday market in Daglan. There is a list at La Badoussie which states when and where markets are held during the week.

Further Information


This website provides a link to 10 of the best tourist sites to visit in the Dordogne, including the Aquarium in Le Bugue, Marqueyssac Gardens near Vézac, underground caves of Proumeyssac, near Le Bugue and La Roque Saint Christophe in Peyzac-le-Moustier.

For more the more active, try:

  • Mountain biking
  • Canoeing, climbing and potholing
  • Paint balling and forest climbing
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Quad biking, fishing and horse riding several locations nearby
  • Tennis - Tennis court in Daglan, bookable through the Village Hall