SITES AND ACTIVITIES
Chateaux, Museums and Caves
||Some of the most striking chateaux are
Chateau de Bonagil, Chateau de Mercués, Chateau de Casaneuve
(original furnishings), Chateau de Roquetaillade and Josephine
Baker's former home, Chateau des Milandes.
||Just two hours away is Rocamadour, an extraordinary
town built into a mountain. Stairways lead through a maze of
shops, churches, art galleries and restaurants.
Some beautiful formal gardens are in the vicinity.The
Grotto de Lastournelle and Les Grottes Fontirou are both within
45 minutes of Damazan. Lascaux II, the perfectly crafted reproduction
of the Lascaux Caves, is a 90 minute drive.
For Young People
Le Forêt Magique is an animal farm where
young people can pet and feed goats and sheep, help milk cows, bottle-feed
baby lambs and help make bread. For adults there's a shop with a
variety of beautiful mohair products: scarves, hats, blankets and
yarn at reasonable prices.
The Abbaye des Automates in Clairac is an ancient
monastery converted into a walking tour filled with life-size automated
figures that demonstrate life in an abbey of the period. Clairac,
just twenty minutes away, also has a railroad museum.
Shopping for clothes, shoes, hats, the latest
fashions, books, antiques, second-hand treasures (brocantes) abound
in Villeneuve sur Lot, Agen and towns and villages nearby.
There are golf courses and tennis courts in
Casteljaloux (25 minutes away), and horseback riding and trails
||There are small boat rentals for about
25 Euros an hour at Gabare Val de Garonne, just off the Marmande
exit of A62 in Pont des Sables. The voyage along the Canal Lateral,
through small villages, is memorable. There are also canoe and
kayak rentals nearby in Buzet and Clairac. And there's excellent
fishing in both the Lot and Garonne Rivers.