6 Days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, Episode 270

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Category: Toulouse Area

Scott and his fiancé Grant spent 6 wonderful days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, two neighboring areas in Occitanie in the southwest of France. And since that's home for me, it's a pleasure to report that they had a great time!

Best Places in the Dordogne and Aveyron

They visited Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Belcastel, Najac, Toulouse and Carcassone so those were busy days and well planned-out days. They have great accommodations and restaurant recommendations too!

In the episode we don't talk about Toulouse and Carcassonne because we ran out of time, but check out Scott's Guest Notes for information on those.

Scott has been in France several times and loves lots of things about it  including food, wine, and French culture.

Accommodations Recommendations

They like to stay in one place for 2 or 3 nights and will pick either hotel or rental depending on what the area has to offer. These are the gems they found on this trip:

Airbnb in Sarlat (Dordogne)

Chateau de Belecastel (Aveyron)

Airbnb in Najac (Aveyron)

Restaurant Recommendations

They only made a brief stop in Bordeaux but managed to find a great restaurant: La Tupina. This is a restaurant with a country feel and an open fire in the middle of it and they serve great local specialties.

In Belcastel they really enjoyed the Restaurant du Vieux Pont. It's worth making a reservation to eat at this one-star restaurant because the other food option in Belcastel is a little touristy restaurant Annie tried that was nothing to write home about!

About Renting a Car in France

Don't let the car rental agency upgrade you to a bigger car, it won't fit anywhere! And also, don't follow Google Maps too closely. If it's taking you on a dirt road, don't go there unless you've been warned that the entrance gate is on a dirt road.

You've got to hear what happened when they asked Google Maps to drive them to a parking lot in Belcastel! That starts at [34:27] And you also need to listen to that part because Belcastel is truly one of the most memorable scenic villages in France!

Episodes about Occitanie


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Discussed in this Episode

  • Sarlat
  • La Roque Gageac
  • Beynac
  • Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
  • Belcastel
  • Najac
  • Marat des Bois strawberries
  • Gariguettes strawberries
  • Manoir de Grisson in Sarlat
  • Boat ride in Gageac
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Category: Toulouse Area