Le Serpen is within easy reach of a myriad of tourist sites: chateaux, medieval villages and bastide towns, vineyards, caves, museums, churches, gardens - the list goes on! The famous sites of the Dordogne, including the prehistoric caves of Lascaux and Les Eyzies, the cathedral city of Perigeux, the castle and gardens at Beynac, Sarlat-le-Caneda and many more, are all potential day trips. If you want to be active, there is canoeing and kayaking on the nearby river Dropt as well as on the Dordogne, and if you don't want to propel yourself, boat trips on the Dordogne are available in Bergerac just 25 minutes drive away. Bergerac is a sizeable town with excellent shops and restaurants and a range of amenities including an aqua park and go-karting. We are five minutes away from a lake with cycling, walking trails and fishing (with a permit). Lougratte near Castillones has a lakeside beach with facilities. There is a first class golf course 20 minutes away. Hot air balloon rides are available from nearby vineyards. Parc-en-ciel is about an hour away and Accrobranche is even closer. But if you just want to relax away from it all in peaceful surroundings with beautiful views, perhaps with a glass of the local wine, Le Serpen is also ideal for that.
Our village, La Sauvetat du Dropt, has a well-stocked shop, a bakery, a hairdresser's, and a cafe and tobacconist within walking distance. It is famous locally for its hugely successful soirées gourmandes - food evenings with live music - held on Friday evenings in July and August. Another nearby hilltop village, Soumensac, has panaramic views - you can see the Pyranees when conditions are right - and a couple of interesting museums of tools an dolls. It too holds food festivals during the summer months on Sunday lunchtimes. The nearest town, Eymet, less than 10 minutes drive away, has a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and a tourist information centre, as well as a thriving market every Thursday (and Tuesday evenings during the summer). If you are interested in wine, there are endless possibilities for wine-tasting. St. Emilion, Sauternes and Monbazillac are all within easy reach, and Bordeaux is an hour and a half away. We are close to the Bergerac wine area with its white, rosé and red wines, including the famous Pecharmant. Our local wine is Côtes de Duras and there is a local vinyard producing excellent wines and offering wine tasting just minutes drive from us. Duras is an historic village with an impressive chateau and an excellent wine centre 17 km west of us. Wine tours are available at St Emilion (St Emilion Petit Train Wine Tours) and Bergerac (Bergerac Wine Tours).
There are plenty of interesting towns and villages with their chateaux, markets and summer fairs all within an easy drive of Le Serpen. Chateau Monbazillac with its distinctive sweet wines and the chateau Bridoire with its furnished rooms and courtyards full of games are both twenty minutes away. The medieval village of Issigeac with its large Sunday market is half an hour away and Monpazier, one of France's most beautiful villages, and the nearby chateau Biron, 40 minutes. The beach resort of Arcachon with its sand dunes is just over a two hour drive away, as is the famous town of Rocamadour in the opposite direction.
These suggestions merely scratch the surface of all the possible things to see and do during a stay at Le Serpen.