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Explore Le Bugue
Le Bugue is a thriving market town with a lot of charm and makes a great base for exploring the many sights in this part of the Dordogne department.
There are 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.
The centre of Le Bugue sits on the Vezere river and is dominated by the attractive town hall with its clock tower and arcades. Fanning out from the centre are various roads lined with charming stone houses and some interesting shops and boutiques. The church occupies a pretty spot on the edge of a large pond.
It is also possible to step down to the riverside.
Le Bugue 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
The 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.
A popular activity in Le Bugue is to hire a canoe for a day or half-day. In the height of summer the river is full of brightly coloured canoes. However once you have paddled away from the centre of town you will be able to seperate from the crowds and enjoy the beautiful river views.
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
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.
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).
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.