Le Bugue, Dordogne - travel guide

Photo of Le Bugue

Visit Le Bugue

Le Bugue is a small attractive market town on the Vezere River, between Limeuil where the Dordogne meets the Vezere, and Les Eyzies de Tayac.

Le BugueExplore Le Bugue

It is a good place to stay to explore this area, and has managed to avoid some of the excesses of tourism of Les Eyzies and Sarlat. There are some narrow winding streets to discover and some beautiful traditional houses to see. Be sure to wind your way behind the central streets to explore these. Although without particular monuments its riverside position makes it a very pretty and very popular little town.

It is also in an ideal position to explore the Vezere valley and its famous prehistoric sites. So unique is this richness in prehistoric sites that the Vezere Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Market day is a Tuesday morning and is a particularly nice time to visit Le-Bugue.

Things to do in Le Bugue

Le Bugue AquariumThe Aquarium (Aquarium du Perigord Noir) at Le Bugue is very popular - especially if you want to escape from prehistoric man for a short while (prehistory does rather dominate the region!).

Popular also is the nearby Village de Bournat where you can watch traditional crafts being practiced. This is an eco-museum showing what life was like in Le Bugue for our great-grandfather's generation. Whilst it is a museum it is lots of fun for children and is a popular excursion.

The Grotte de Bara Bahau is on the edge of Le-Bugue and contains a number of engravings made by prehistoric man. Also on the edge of town is the Gouffre de Proumeyssac with its huge cavern and wonderful collection of stalactites.

Places to visit near Le Bugue

Le Bugue is superbly positioned to visit the many sights of the UNESCO listed Vezere Valley but is also not far from the wonderful villages and castles of the Dordogne valley.

The world famous Lascaux caves are not far away at the pretty town of Montignac and the area around Les Eyzies is full of caves and other sites of prehistoric interest.

The pretty village of Campagne, with its castle and parkland is nearby as is the attractive town of St-Cyprien.

Jacquou Park with its mix of theme-park style attractions targeted at children and combining swimming pools and slides and a mini farm is at Mortemart just a little north of Le-Bugue. There is a place to see wild boars nearby at Les Sangliers de Mortemart (you will see the word sanglier (wild boar) more than once on menus in the region).

Le Bugue Museums

  • Maison de la Vie Sauvage et Musee de Paleontologie - collection of birds and bird fossils including rare and extinct species
  • Eco-museum, the Village of Bournat - see above

See also:

Map of Le Bugue with places to visit

To visit close to Le Bugue

This page in French: Le Bugue (version Francais)