Castillonnes is a magnificent bastide town in the Dropt Valley in Lot-et-Garonne. Deep in the countryside of south west France, Castillonnes has a unique atmosphere and a strong culture which endears almost every visitor within minutes! Located high on a rocky ridge, Castillonnes provides glorious views across the Aquitaine countryside,
Walking the streets of the historic town centre is a fantastic way to start your Castillonnes holiday, as the town’s long history has clearly left its mark on buildings, streets and monuments throughout. The cloistered square which stands at the centre of the bastide is a fantastic place to start your exploration from a self catering Castillonnes property, as the covered hall, clock tower and beautiful renaissance-style governor’s house can all be seen within a short walk of the centre. The Mouthe promenade will take you from the centre past some of the most elegant villas in Castillonnes, as well as the remnants of the old town’s defences and the baroque church. Details and maps are available from the Castillonnes tourist information office. You may even get to join a game of boules in the main square, where locals meet to play and catch up on the latest developments throughout the town!
The countryside surrounding the town provides a wealth of entertainment possibilities, from the fantastic fishing of the Garonne River to the maze of footpaths and cycle routes which cross the Dropt Valley and beyond. Walking, cycling and horse riding holidays are all hugely popular from Castillonnes holiday rental accommodation, as the lush countryside is wonderfully accessible and magnificently picturesque. There are also a handful of lakes which surround Castillonnes, where people can be found swimming and escaping the summer heat. There are also plenty of municipal tennis courts for your enjoyment.
If you are looking for a fantastic day out from a Castillonnes property, the racing stadium hosts trotting race events throughout the season, which provide a huge amount of entertainment to people of all ages, and for those wishing to view the town from a fresh perspective, the local aerodrome offer cheap sightseeing flights.
The old bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot is just 16km from the centre of Castillonnes, and although its historical base have not been as well preserved as those of Castillonnes, Villeneuve still has much to offer visitors, not least the 18 hole golf course! During the summer, the town is well worth visiting for its programme of events, concerts and productions.
Summers in Castillonnes accommodation are blissfully warm. With average monthly temperatures in July and August very rarely dipping below 25°C, outdoor activities thrive, especially swimming in local lakes after a good walk.
The Bergerac-Roumaniere Airport (EGC) is a tiny airfield just a few kilometres from a holiday rental in Castillonnes, and amazingly, the only five scheduled routes all connect from England, making Castillonnes lettings a great option for British holiday makers. Flybe and Ryanair both provide regular flights to Bergerac from Exeter (EXE), Southampton (SOU), Liverpool (LPL), London Stansted (STN) and the East Midlands (EMA).