Marmande (5 miles - 10 minutes)
Capital of the Tomato, this is the principal large market town of the area having a picturesque old quarter with narrow cobbled streets leading down to the River Garonne. Every Saturday morning there is a very colourful, bustling and interesting market, bringing together the old outdoor and the more recent covered venues. You can buy anything from clothing through to plants and flowers, fish and seafood, meat and dairy produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and even live animals and birds! After shopping, relax, sit back and soak up the atmosphere at one of the watering holes which surround the square. There is also a museum, up-market shops and boutiques, bars and restaurants, and major supermarkets which don’t close for lunch.... There is a railway link from Marmande to Bordeaux, Toulouse, the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts and Paris.
There is a lively market in Miramont (7.5 miles) on Monday mornings which is well worth a visit. Most towns have their own weekly markets (all falling on different days) and a schedule of these can be found in our visitors' information pack on site, but those most worthy of a mention are Castillonnes (24 miles) and the night market at Eymet (16 miles).
Below is a picture of the farmers' market at Soumensac which is held on Sundays for eight weeks during the summer. Just take your own knife, fork, plate and glass.......
Cave de Berticot Route de Ste-Foy, Duras (17 miles)
Berticot Cotes de Duras offers a full range of Bordeaux, Ste-Foy-Bordeaux and Cotes de Duras red, white, rosé and sparkling wines at very reasonable prices. You can also buy for family celebrations, etc. a light, very drinkable vin de pays in long-life 22 litre containers, complete with taps, for around £1 a litre.
Fresh farm produce
Fresh fruit, vegetables and pick-your-own are well-advertised and widely available from the many neighbouring farms.
Visit Seyches (6 miles) where you will find Le Vieux Porche, one of the best family-run cheap restaurants in the area with a four-course menu for only Euro 13, including wine. Dine outside on the shady terrace overlooking the picturesque square and winding narrow streets. Booking for Sunday lunchtime is strongly recommended as it is very popular with both locals and visitors alike. Also try XIII Clochers at Monteton (12 miles) a beautiful hilltop village with views over fields of plums and bright yellow buttercups. After a visit to Issigeac market, try Sunday lunch at les Pieds dans le Plat in Villereal with its live entertainment of high quality.
There are many other good restaurants within easy reach ranging from enjoyable local food to haute cuisine.
Most villages hold their own street festivals throughout the summer and visitors are very welcome. Look out for the advertising placards by the roadside and leaflets which you can pick up from the many vide-greniers and brocante fairs held during the summer months.
Bastille Day (July 14) is a Bank Holiday packed with events. Each town and village organises something to suit all the family.
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