The Dordogne in the Southwest of France was once part of the Roman province of Aquitania. The region Dordogne, as it is known today, evolved in the 18th century out of the former provence of Perigord. People say there are black, green, white and purple areas of Perigord. Black stands for the truffles, green for the evergreen oak forests, white for the limestone rocks and purple for the wineries. Perigord is well known for it’s picturesque landscapes, rolling hills and it’s numerous medieval castles. The climate is particularly mild and the summers are prolonged. Cultural highlights include the exciting caves of Lascaux with prehistoric paintings, as well as a variety of medieval castles such as Castelnaud. The wine cellars of the Bordelais and historic city centres of Perigeux, Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Brantome, Aubeterre, Cognac and Sarlat are all within easy driving distance. The regional capital is about 20 minutes away. Then there is Bordeaux and the endless beaches of the atlantic as perfect day trip destinations.
Moncé and surroundings
Moncé belongs to the small community of Saint Aquilin and is situated in the white Perigord. The roots of this state go back to the 14th century. In 1715 Moncé was officially graded as a Chateau. It is surrounded by rolling hills, lush sunflower fields and romantic riverbeds. The closest town is Saint-Astier, about 8 minutes away by car. Here, and in close proximity, you can experience daily traditional markets and shop for regional specialties. The bakeries in the neighbouring villages of Moncé compete for the best baguette, the most delicious chocolate bread, and the flakiest Croissant. Second-hand shoppers can go hunt for curiosities at the weekly flea markets, namely Vide-grenier, Brocantes or Marchès aux puces. One of the most beautiful flea markets is in Verteillac. The Dronne river nearby can be explored by canoe or kayak. Golf courses are situated nearby. And of course hikers and bicycle enthusiasts will find great pleasure in the beautiful surroundings of Moncé.