Set in the lush, unspoilt countryside of Lot-et-Garonne in south-western France, Fumel is a delightful town, build during the 100 Years War, and designed with timeless elegance and splendour. Providing visitors with both beautiful architecture and a fantastically relaxed atmosphere, accommodation in Fumel is perfect for anyone wishing to take a relaxing, rural French holiday.
Fumel is surrounded by fascinating historical sites. There are a huge range of bastides in the area, from Agen to Monflanquin, Castillonnes to Villeneuve-sur-Lot, but it is the ancient sites which really manage to capture the imagination. The cave paintings of Lascaux and the pre-historic settlements of Les Eyzies are simply awe-inspiring, and are definitely worth further investigation from any self catering Fumel accommodation.
Many people take a Fumel property to enjoy the fantastic country walking, cycling or horse riding. Maps, bicycle hire and stable details are all available from the Fumel tourist information offices, and taking the slow route through the Lot-et-Garonne countryside is a wonderful way to visit a selection of the finest churches, villas and ancient chateaux. However, the finest way to take a visual tour of the Fumel region is by hot air balloon. Flights leave from near-by Duras.
The whole region is inundated with water ways, and there are plenty of sport and leisure opportunities available. Canoeing up the Dordogne River is an unbeatable experience, providing a wonderfully serene method of exploring the region. Canoeing in the area is quite exceptional, not only for the scenery, but also due to the fact you can stop at any time for a swim, a picnic on the banks of an hours fishing.
There are three top class 18 hole golf courses with half an hour’s drive of a Fumel villa, apartment of holiday home, providing golfers with a fantastic choice of challenges.
The most impressive of the bastide towns in Lot-et-Garonne is that of Agen. Dating back from the 13th century, Agen has managed to maintain its historical monuments in almost pristine condition, and is certainly worth investigating from an apartment or villa in Fumel. If you take an interest in bastide towns, the fantastic Bastide Museum in Monflanquin will give you all you need to know.
Conditions in and around Fumel are usually very warm, but not often uncomfortably so. During the hottest summer months, average temperatures remain around 25˚C, with daily peaks regularly breaching the 30˚C mark, but rarely getting into the especially hot temperature ranges associated with the south coast of France. In winter, conditions are still quite mild, although it is not uncommon to see frost in December and January.
The tiny Bergerac Airport (EGC) makes reaching a self catering Fumel property extraordinarily easy from the UK. Flybe and Ryanair offer cheap flights to Fumel from five airports across England, including Exeter (EXE), East Midlands (EMA) and Liverpool (LPL). Form Bergerac Airport, it only takes 20 minutes to reach your Fumel accommodation.