This time of the year my blog will inevitably be devoting more time to things to do in our beautiful region.

Brantôme is a picturesque town located in the Périgord Vert, north of Périgueux, on the banks of the river Dronne. I stopped there for lunch one day on the way back from Oradour-sur-Glane (Haute Vienne, not an impossible drive from the Dordogne and well worth a visit).

Brantôme is often referred to as the Venice of Périgord as the centre of the town is surrounded by the river (which makes it an island) and has pretty stone houses on the water’s edge.

Brantôme is also known for its Benedictine abbey, troglodyte cave with scenes of the Last Judgement and its typical Périgourdine, narrow streets with shops, bars, cafés and restaurants.

The abbey is the biggest attraction for visitors to the town. It was founded in 769 by Charlemagne and was destroyed a few times, the second time being during the Hundred Years War. It was a popular place of pilgrimage.

I guess most people who visit the town head for the restaurants by the water’s edge one of which is the Michelin restaurant, Le Moulin de l’Abbaye, situated right by the weir. But I opted for another, restaurant Coligny, situated by the river at the other end of town. The fixed menu was good and excellent value for money. The restaurant has a large terrace.

Market day in Brantôme is Friday.

You can hire a canoe in Brantôme which is on my list of things to do in the Dordogne. Not sure about having to navigate the weir though, I think I’ll be screaming my head off! Hopefully I’ll have time to go this summer. Watch this space…