LE VERGER ~ LOCAL AREA
Le Verger is situated in a peaceful, rural hamlet in Lot et Garonne, one of the five Departments (including Dordogne) which form the Region of Aquitaine, South-West France.
The surrounding countryside is renowned for its rich and fertile land with many Orchards and Vineyards, and Marmande for its famous tomatoes! Fields of Sunflowers abound in the summer. The area is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, golf, bird-watching, canoeing, horse-riding and sight-seeing or touring by car. Light pollution is very low, so the night skies can be wonderful. And, of course, the stunning Rivers Lot, Garonne and Dordogne.
The gastronomy of this part of France is world-renowned, with Foie Gras, Confit de Canard, Cèpe Mushrooms and Nut Cake being the traditional favourites, but it is also the land of game, prunes, strawberries, sweet melons, asparagus and, of course, Marmande tomatoes.
The local open air markets which take place are the best places to source the freshest local produce (see below for market days). Many farms also sell their produce direct to the public - look out for hand-painted signs saying "Vente a la Ferme" or "Vente Direct" on the roadside.
Restaurants and Cafés are plentiful in the nearby towns and villages. You will pass many small vineyards en route to many local towns, especially around Duras, Bergerac and Saint-Emilion, where you will be welcome to stop at to taste and buy their wine - usually very good value.
The climate in Lot et Garonne is a cross between Atlantic Maritime and Mediterranean. Early springs, long hot summers and mild winters with clear blue skies. Occasional short sharp thunderstorms in the summer and soft drizzly rain in the winter are typical. The early spring blossom and Autumn foliage can be spectacular.
The nearest town is Miramont de Guyenne (6km), a thriving Bastide with its ancient Market Square, several Restaurants and Cafés and a fantastic Open air Market every Monday morning, very well patronised by the local population. There are three good sized supermarkets in Miramont, two with attached petrol stations.
The Spa town of Casteljaloux is a few miles away, with its Thermal Springs and Healing Waters.
Bergerac, an attractive old town which runs down to the banks of the river, with plenty of restaurants and small shops to explore.
Other Bastides nearby are Duras, Lauzun, Eymet, Castillones, Marmande and Saint-Émilion with their Chateaux, Medieval Squares, Open-Air Markets, Street Cafés and Historic Architecture. The famous cities of Bergerac and Bordeaux (Park & Ride available) are easily accessible by car; Bordeaux, with its fantastic shopping and many restaurants, can also be reached directly by Train from Marmande
LOCAL MARKETS (usually start between 8 and 9am and end by 1pm:
Monday: Miramont de Guyenne, Duras, Barbaste
Tuesday: Castillones, Bergerac, Villeneuve Sur Lot, Casteljaloux
Wednesday: Bergerac, Lavardac
Friday: Seyches (small and very local!), Saint-Livrade, Sigoules, Bergerac
Saturday: Duras, Marmande, Casteljaloux, Tonneins, Bergerac, Nerac
Sunday: Issigeac (Very Busy! Once a month, also an Antiques Fair)
CHATEAUX can be found at Lanquais, Duras, Monbazillac & many more
GARDENS: Parks and Gardens in Lot-et-Garonne
MUSEUMS: Museums in Lot et Garonne
WATER GARDEN: Latour-Marliac at Temple-sur-Lot (30km)
CAVES, for the lovers of caves, stalagmites and stalactites!
GOLF : Golf De Barthe at Tombeboeuf (14km - 20 minutes by car)
TENNIS: Complex at Lac du Saut du Loup, Miramont de Guyenne (6km)
CYCLING: The quiet countries roads are ideal for cyclists of all abilities
CANOEING: Dropt Valley Canoe-Kayak Club at Allemans-du-Dropt (15km)
WALKING: Enjoy the beautiful countryside right on your doorstep on foot
FISHING: Official Fishing Website for Lot et Garonne
WATER ACTIVITIES: Lougratte Lake and Beach (30km)
KARTING: Bergerac Karting at St Laurent des Vignes (40km)
DAYS OUT & KIDS' ACTIVITIES:
PARC-EN-CIEL (Park in the Sky) at Lacapelle-Biron (60km)
LE CHAUDRON-MAGIQUE (The Magic Cauldron) at Brugnac (20km)
BERGERAC AQUA PARK : Aqua Park Junior'Land at Bergerac (45km)
AQUARIUM du Perigord Noir Fantastic! at Le Bugue (80km)
Many more Kids' Activities Listed Here