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.

Activities

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 in Clairac.

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.