St Cyprien
The Location- St Cyprien ,Dordogne St Cyprien ,Dordogne
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Situated in the centre of the rich Dordogne region of South- West France, just above the banks of the Dordogne river, St Cyprien is a traditional quiet medieval village. It has an ancient abbey, and picturesque medieval streets. St Cyprien has many shops, patisseries, and restaurants within walking distance from our house. St Cyprien has a fabulous local market each Sunday morning.

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Surrounding St Cyprien are many places of interest, such as the village of Les Eyyzies, and the Templar village of Domme.

Sarlat is a small medieval market town nearby of great historical interest, with a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and many restaurants.

There are many prehistoric sites and cave paintings to visit in the area. Lascaux is the best known, but there is the Grotte de Font de Gaume very near where you see the original paintings.

St Christophe and the Madeleine are a very interesting trogladyte (built into caves on a steep hillside) village nearby.

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Marquessac has fabulous gardens and chateaux to visit. Milandes, the chateaux of Josephine Baker, is worth a visit and has a wonderful birds of prey show.

Beynac is a picturesque village and its castle (once owned by Richard the Lionheart) is fascinating. Castlenaud castle is also fabulous with its museum. Both castles (and Marquessac, and St Christophe) have special activities for children.

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Perigeaux is a fascinating town, with great shopping and restaurants.  It has a wonderful cathedral, and amazing roman and medieval sites to visit.

Local outdoor activities include golf, kayaking, horse-riding, ballooning, and swimmimg. There are many hiking trails both around St Cyprien and nearby. Relaxing boat trips along the Dordogne river leave from Beynac, where it is possible to see all five castles in the areas from the river.

The Perigords food and wine are renown, and there are many excellent restaurants nearby ranging from farmhouse to michellin star.

There is a book detailing these and the many other fabulous sights in the area at the house. Restaurants in the area are also detailed.

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