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Local Attractions

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Within walking distance

You can’t miss the main street in Saint Cyprien, Rue Gambetta, which has an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques to enjoy. Also spend time exploring the beautiful old town, which winds up towards the 12th century bell tower and abbey church on the hilltop.


Pop down to the butchery (boucherie) to buy some delicious meat or the local bakery (boulangarie) to buy freshly baked croissants for breakfast. Also visit ‘La Crepe Rit’ for a morning coffee and a pancake or just enjoy wandering the medieval streets, admiring the wonderful architecture scattered throughout.


The local weekly market is well worth a visit if you’re there on a Wednesday morning during the summer. Saint Cyprien is also well known for its main market on a Sunday. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, and indulge in some of the local specialties such as foie gras and walnut cake.


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Castles

There are dozens of museums, castles and caves to visit in the Dordogne region.


On the road to Sarlat stop by the impressive Jardin Marquessac, well known for it’s exquisite gardens. Further on, soaring over the Dordogne, is the 12th Century Château de Beynac, which was at one time occupied by Richard the Lionheart (Richard Coeur de Lion). From Beynac you will see the 12th Century Castlenaude in the distance, another spectacular Castle to visit, well known for its impressive armour collection.


For a completely different experience, visit 14th Century Chateau des Milandes where you will learn the story of former resident Josephine Baker, a well known and loved figure in the area.


Some other favourites also include Le Musee Nationale de la Prehistoire, which has the most important paleolithic collection in France and the 13th Century Château Fénelon, which combines the warlike character of the Middle Ages and the aesthetics of the Renaissance period.


Caves

There are literally hundreds of caves; either renowned for their prehistoric paintings or interesting rock formations. We recommend Grotte Lascaux 2 for rock art enthusiasts and Gouffre de Proumeyssac, known as the “Cristal Cathedral”, to see crystallisations of unparalleled beauty. Read More...


Food and wine

You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in the region. Anthony Bodenstein, owner of La Grande Vue recommends Le Vin'Quatre in Bergerac and Cabanoix et Chataignes, Domme. Also recommended is Le Cro Marin in Saint Cyprien for a fantastic seafood meal.


For a full list of restaurants in the area please visit tourismevalleedordogne.com


Please note that restaurants in Saint Cyprien are generally open from 19h00 – 21h00 except the Pizza restaurant ‘La Fournaise’ across the road from La Grande Vue, which is open from 19h00 - midnight.


For a full list of restaurants in the area please visit tourismevalleedordogne.com


If you’re in the mood for a walk around a local vineyard, followed by some wine tasting, then the Domaine de la Voie Blanche on the hills on the right side of Saint Cyprien will be right up your street. Some of the well-known wine areas include Monbazillac, Pecharmant and Bergerac.


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The river

The Dordogne River has something for everyone – from tranquil boat and canoe trips to great fishing, swimming and picnic spots.


Outdoor activities

There are endless outdoor activities from canoeing, hiking and cycling to tennis, horse riding and golf. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can book a hot air balloon ride and enjoy an aerial view of the picturesque scenery. If you are there in winter you can visit Le Mont Dore ski resort, which is two hours away. Read More...