Travel Diary

 

 

While staying at Le Pont de l’Ouysse, there is a plethora of stunning places to discover! Throughout the Dordogne Valley, from the Lot to the Dordogne and Corrèze regions, experience all of the riches of a unique cultural and natural heritage. Here is our selection.

 

Unmissable sites

 

Activities & Leasure

Canoeing on the Dordogne River

From Beaulieu to Souillac, the Dordogne gently winds through 60 km of unspoilt nature and incredible scenery with wild pebble beaches, sandy shores and dramatic cliffs at every bend.


Our ancestors made the most of this unique landscape by building castles and medieval villages along the river. Gently paddling down the Dordogne is the best way to enjoy the wilderness, biodiversity and heritage of the river. Available from 6 years old and knowing how to swim is mandatory.

Quercyland aquapark

Situated on the banks of the Dordogne, a fun day-out for the whole family with seven pools, slides, bouncy castles, games and tree-climbing.

For sports enthusiasts, the region offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as cycling, mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing, canoeing…Golf amateurs have a choice of two golf courses: The Souillac Golf and Country Club in Lachapelle-Auzac and the Golf de Montal in Saint-Jean-Lespinasse.

Leisure activities, with or without children, are as fun as they are diverse.

At the monkey park La Forêt des Singes in Rocamadour, get up close to (and even feed by hand) a Barbary Macaque monkey, 150 of which roam free in the oak forest.

At the eco-park Le Rocher des Aigles, watch eagles, condors, vultures and falcons fly above the canyon in Rocamadour.

In Souillac, discover the largest collection of 19th century automata and mechanical toys in Europe at the Musée de l’Automate.

In Martel, embark on a voyage aboard a steam train and enjoy a 13 km journey on a cliff 80m above the Dordogne Valley.

 

Discovering local products

If you enjoy good food, prolong the gourmet experience by tasting local delicacies such as truffles at La Ferme de la Truffe in Cuzance, walnuts and oils at the Moulin à Huile de Noix in Martel and the famous local goat’s cheese called Rocamadour at La Ferme de la Borie d’Imbert.

At La Ferme de la Truffe, you will have the opportunity to visit a real truffle farm while learning about the art of truffle hunting. A 1.5 hour stroll between the oak and hazelnut trees to understand the history of the prized “black diamond”.

The Moulin Castagné is a working mill where you can learn about the production of walnuts and making of walnut oil. Free tasting at the end of the tour.

La Borie d’Imbert welcomes you to free tours of the farm in order to learn about cheese making while getting close to the farm animals, including baby goats. The Rocamadour goats cheese has been a local specialty since the 15th century.

If you enjoy wine, then you should really head to the Vignoble de Cahors, world famous for the emblematic Malbec grape variety. The wineries of Cahors are spread over 4200 hectares mainly in the Lot Valley. Many of the wineries are open to the public for tasting some exquisite wines directly from the passionate wine makers.

Finally, if you head North to the Corrèze region, you should pay a culinary visit to the Bistrot Chambon Chambon in Brive, our sister restaurant.

 

 

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