The weather is warming up, skies are blue and the meadows and our neighbour’s pots are full of flowers, making the month of May a lovely time of the year to visit the Perigord. But do not forget to take into account the public holidays. France has several public holidays in May – Friday 1 May is Labour Day, Friday 8th May is WWII Victory Day, Thursday 14th May is Ascension Day and Monday 25th May is Whit Monday (note also that Sunday 31st May is Mothers Day). A popular tradition in France is to ‘faire le pont’ when a national holiday falls on a Tuesday of Thursday people often take the Monday or Friday off as well to make a nice long weekend. So that shops, restaurants and other amenities may close on these occasions.
Local Events in May
Sarlat-16th May – Flea Market
Bergerac – 22nd to the 24th May – Jazz Festival with further Jazz Festivals in July and August.
Sarlat every Wednesday for fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, meats, flowers etc and every Saturday for the main market, which sells just about everything, clothes, shoes, and fresh produce.
Daglan market-every Sunday
Domme and Monpazier markets every Thursday morning.