Additional Location Information
Montignac is located in the heart of the Périgord Noir. This part of France, known as the Dordogne, consists of parts of the regions of Limousin, Aquitaine, and Midi-Pyrenees. It's a beautiful and peaceful area of undulating farmland criss-crossed by wide, slow rivers sometimes cutting through spectacular steep limestone valleys, riddled with caves, many containing world-famous prehistoric paintings. The region is dotted with small towns and villages, all typically French in character. Because this area has been inhabited since prehistoric times there is a wealth of sites and monuments to visit or you can just relax and spend the day swimming in the many lakes and rivers, cycling through the quiet lanes or walking the marked footpaths. The higher plateaux of the area with their distinctive scrubby vegetation provide good walking and cycling. The whole region is dotted with chateaux, many of which are open to visitors. Montignac is a small town of some 3,400 inhabitants situated in the Vezere valley - the centre of Pre-history, at 25 km from Sarlat-la-Caneda. Some of the buildings, date back to the 13th century. It's a particularly pretty place with timber houses, lavoirs and fountains; aswell as a convent and priory, and mills. Some of the medieval houses along the north bank have charming wooden balconies. It is a small yet busy market town, thriving on farming and tourism. There are all the local markets, shops, bars and restaurants in the village and you must try the local foie gras, the cepes, truffles and duck ? It is an ideal centre in which to base a holiday as there are numerous archaelogical and historic sites to visit and a variety of sporting and leisure activities. Montignac is home to the masterpiece of prehistory: the Caves of Lascaux. In July and August it is advisable to book the tour of the caves as soon as you arrive, as you may have to wait several hours to get a tour in your own language. In Montignac the International Folk / Dance Festival is held annually in July. In addition there are many classical music recitals held nearby - notable at St. Leon- sur-Vezere and Saint-. Armand de Coly.