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Montpon Ménestérol - a charming market town

Montpon Ménestérol is a charming, traditional market town that is situated in the ever popular Dordogne department of south-west France, in the region of Aquitaine. With a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Isle, and a backdrop of beautiful forests and pretty bastide towns and villages, Montpon is unspoiled by excessive tourism and makes a perfect base for anyone wishing to find the "real Dordogne".

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesday is market day in Montpon Ménestérol, and it's a great day to be in town. Watch as the stall holders set up their wares, and be sure to hang around as the traditional French street market transforms the town from its workaday self to a kaleidoscope of colours, scents and sounds. It's a great place to buy your fruit and veg too, and cheeses, wines, clothes, tablecloths, olives... in fact, there is very little that you can't find in a French market!

Supermarkets, shops and other services

Montpon Ménestérol offers all the shops and services you could wish for, with a selection of characterful French local shops such as artisan bakers and wine merchants and also large supermarkets for those all encompassing weekly trolley dashes. There are schools, doctors, dentists, libraries, petrol stations and hairdressers... and if by any chance you do need more, the lovely city of Bergerac is close at hand.

Wining and dining

There are no shortages of places to wine and dine in Montpon, perhaps as you would expect in this famous wine region of France. The town has some excellent restaurants, and there is even one that is recognised by the prestigious Michelin guide. All the restaurants serve the superb local wines from Bergerac and Bordeaux, and gastronomic specialities from the region include the tasty cepes, a type of mushroom, and the rich, if controversial, treat of Foie Gras.

Out and about

The Dordogne is deservedly one of France's most beloved areas, and it isn't hard to see why. All around you are gorgeous villages and towns, beautiful countryside, well tended vineyards, cool, dark forests and sparkling rivers... and here beside Montpon Ménestérol you have some of the very best that the Dordogne can offer. The Forest Double is on your doorstep, as is the River Isle, and casting your net a little wider will bring you to the city of Bergerac, or to the lovely towns of Ribérac or Sarlat la Canéda.

Sports on offer

The Dordogne offers a multitude of sporting activities, with opportunities for walking in beautiful countryside, horse-riding, golf, swimming in lakes and rivers, boating, fishing and so much more.

How to get there

It's easy to get to Montpon Ménestérol from the UK. The airport of Bergerac is the nearest, and flights from the UK are available with either Ryanair or flybe. Bordeaux is also within reach, being served by British Airways, bmibaby, Aer Lingus and easyJet. Train travel is possible with TGV stations at Angoulême and Libourne, just take the Eurostar from London and change at Paris. From Angoulême and Libourne you can then connect to a local train to Montpon Ménestérol itself. If you are driving, take the A89 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Montpon Ménestérol

The Dordogne is a popular area for foreign property buyers. The numbers of these (particularly Brits) seeking property in this area have pushed prices up. The good news, however, is that the area is popular with holiday makers, so if you wish to rent out your property to help recoup some costs, this is a good place to do it.

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Montpon Ménestérol AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Montpon Ménestérol?

Montpon Ménestérol is set towards the south-west of France. It lies in the west of the Dordogne department.

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Population: 5,585

Access: By air: Fly to Bergerac or Bordeaux. By rail: There are TGV stops at Libourne and Angoulême, from which you can link to a local train. By road: Montpon Ménestérol is accessed from the A89.

Economy: The economy is largely agricultural, with wine of importance.

Interesting fact: The town's intriguing nick name is "organ capital of Europe", referring to the fact that many of its churches have very special church organs installed.

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