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Week in August

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Week in August

Hi we will be staying here for a week mid August. Me, DH, (recovering from op so no huge walks) DDs 11 and 9 together with friends with DS 2, 6 and 8. Just wondered about top tips, family friendly but 'French' places to eat, bakers to visit, food markets nearby, anything really.

Many thanks in advance for help

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1. Re: Week in August

La Metairie on the road between Les Eyzies and Sarlat is excellent, you would need a car or a taxi to get to it.

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2. Re: Week in August

Not sure what DD, DH and DS are, but remember that Les Eyzies is a tourist trap in the summer and every restaurant there is geared up for that.

You will need a car as attractions are all over the place around here. Any small village that you drive through will have a cafe/restaurant and will serve French food at lunchtimes, they are all child friendly.

There are some child orientated attractions around here, Jacquou Parc a few miles north, then there is the Dinosaur place just around the corner form Roque st Chrisophe 5 miles north east.

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If there is one place I avoid like the plague in August it's Les Eyzies. It's an ugly strip of road at any time of year, but in August it is solid tourists and traffic. And practically every café and restaurant is geared toward that. You can eat well at Le Vieux Moulin. Le Centenaire (which I believe still has a Michelin star or two), and Les Glycines, but you will pay for it. Everywhere else in town is essentially serving prefab food. Cheap, but hardly "authentic." That said, my kids were always big fans of Le Mentalo for pizza and very basic local foods like confit and pommes de terre sarladaises. There's one artisanal boulangerie that has excellent bread at the very western end of the road through town. The local markets are: Le Bugue, Tuesdays and Saturdays; Sarlat, Wednesdays and Saturdays; St-Cyprien, Sundays; Lalinde, Thursdays. Les Eyzies often has a Monday market in high season.

There are a thousand and one things to do and visit in the area, so avail yourself of a good guidebook and figure out what appeals to you. In addition to the PrehistoParc on the road to Montignac and Le Thot, the kids might enjoy the demonstrations at the Grotte du Grand Roc of how to throw a spear. There are also artisans in town who teach workshops on making silexes and other prehistoric tools.

As mentioned, Le Metairie is a lovely place for a good meal.

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4. Re: Week in August

ah well we are stuck with it as been booked for ages! Thanks for the tips - we will have a car and children will have had a 5 day Disney fix so will probably find some nice national trust equivalent or outdoorsy places to walk/visit. Going with 3 boys and my 2 girls who would all love the spear throwing! (Sorry DD is dear daughter, DH dear husband and DS dear son!) - sorry making not throwing although think that would follow for definite

That restaurant looks lovely and very reasonable price, including children's menu. Thank you

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5. Re: Week in August

Here are a couple more ideas that might appeal to the children in your party, especially the younger ones.

On one of our visits to the Dordogne we stopped at the lake of Tamnies, which is not far from where you will be. It has a gentle sandy beach which is very nice for the little ones, and the location is pretty. Be prepared for it to be busy. Here is the link:

tamnies.com/etang_de_loisirs_peche_baignade_…

Another idea is the little tourist 'train' in Domme if you plan to visit this village:

http://mboutry.com/petit-train-dommois/wp/

Domme has become rather touristy (and the little train is part of that) but there are great views.

Enjoy your visit.

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6. Re: Week in August

Thank you Celestina, that is really helpful

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A lovely place to eat for a family is Les Combarelles...just outside of Les Eyzies on the Sarlat road. They have 3 large tables outside which are lovely and cute, and also have 2 dogs, a labrador calles Gaspair, and a cute little dachshund called Lucas, who is a hit with children. Afternoon tea is a bargain, and great for families...very English sandwiches, lovely scones and pastries, as Didier is a pastry chef. Mentalos is on the roundabout and must be the best value and most family friendly place we know in Les Eyzies...excellent value too. Have a lovely time, the weather is about 37 degrees at the moment!!

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8. Re: Week in August

We've stayed in Les Eyzies a couple of times. True, it will never win an award for France's prettiest village but it makes a fine base for exploring the region. We've eaten in some of those named above - there also used to be another place that we enjoyed across from the museum - it was a little further up the road than Au Coup de Silex but it seems to have gone. It's a shame as they used to do an excellent trio of creme brules for pud - in any event, I'm going back about ten years. One advantage of staying in a place like Les Eyzies is that you have quite a wide choice of places to choose from.

In addition to the ideas for activities above, our 9 year old loves tree climbing adventure trails (like Go Ape in the UK). There are two on the road from Sarlat to Souillac and another one, I think, north of Montignac. There is an aquarium and crazy golf course in Le Bugue. The Chateau de Castelnaud has an armoury, catapults etc and also puts on displays.

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9. Re: Week in August

IMO Les Eyzies doesn't make a fine base for exploring the region at all, at least in high season. The town, which is just one long strip of narrow road, is clogged with tour buses and campervans and traffic. Parking can be almost impossible. And yes, there's a wide selection of places to eat, but most of them mediocre except the three high-end ones. The Café de la Mairie and La Grignotière are decent and well-priced. The Mentalo is still good for families with kids, but under Portuguese management now so not as French as before.

Anyway, not sure why this old thread got topped.

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