Salviac is a little town in south west France, in the beautiful countryside. Unlike it’s close neighbours, it’s one of those relatively tourist-free spots that’s just waiting to show its best side to you. I’ve been spending my lunch breaks researching all the things that I want to see and do (besides lazing by the pool). However, I’m sure you see through me. We both know that travel research is basically an excuse to get even more excited about an upcoming trip. Eeep!
I’m dressing this post as seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) on things to see and do in and around Salviac. It’s not to indulge my pre-holiday anticipation at all. Honest. It’s to help you.
♥ Meet the Locals
Salviac is surrounded by countryside. The town has a cute bakery, café bar, restaurant and a supermarket. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet. It’s a chance to meet the locals and practice your rusty French. Gourdon is a short fifteen minute car ride from Salviac. It has a lot more shops and restaurants, so it’s somewhere to be a bit more social and to have a bit more choice on where to eat. You can take an easy 3km walk around the nearby lake at Degagnac. I’m thinking lazy strolls and a picnic lunch, perhaps even a swim depending on the weather.
♥ Fuelled by Adrenaline
If you want to experience something a bit more…invigorating, you could try a microlight experience. Fly through the air above the castles and valleys, taking in the French landscape from dizzying heights. Fifteen minutes costs around €60. This company offers this experience and is about a fifty minute drive from Salviac. Périgord Dordogne Montgolfières also offers a perhaps more relaxing, but equally exciting hot air balloon experience from around €180 per person. Details here.
This is where the tourists head due to the traditional and charming fifteenth/sixteenth century houses. It looks like a great spot to get camera happy. It also has the things that come with any touristy spot; lots of shops and restaurants. If you only visit once, the Saturday market is said to be pretty good. Sarlat-la-Caneda is a thirty minute drive from Salviac.
♥ Labyrinth of the Hermit
The website tells the tale of the last hermit who is resisting the modern world. He’s supposedly hiding in the corn maze that’s a short ten minute drive from Sarlat. If you enter will you make it out to the other side? Who knows, but there’s talks of ice-cream and waffles in the maze, so I’m sure you’ll survive. Prices start at a tiny €4 so it’s woth a go. More details here.
♥ Foraging and Feasting
The region is famed for truffles, chestnuts and cepe mushroom. With lots of treks and hikes, it’s a good place to combine a walk with some productive foraging. If that’s too much effort, sample some of the local delicacies in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
♥ La Roque-Gageac
This beautiful village is a frequent winner of France’s ‘Prettiest Village’ competition. Perched under towering cliffs, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular with the judging panel. It’s practically just one row of medieval houses that make up this village, but La Roque-Gaeac has a canoe centre, so if you like the water head down the Dordgone river and see the prettiest village from a different angle. It’s a frequent coach trip stop so an early morning visit is recommended.
♥ Activities and Adventures
Cap Nature is a fifty minute drive from Salviac. It offers energy burning activities for little ones as well as adults. The acrobatic trail consists of eight pathways and 120 games involving zip lines, nets, barrels and more. Not up my street, but perhaps one for you, Cap Nature also offers paintballing. You can find all of the details here.
Have you visited this area? Do you have any recommendations?