Issigeac – stepping back in time

Issigeac is a medieval town which was built mainly in the 13th to 16th century; it is situated on the edge of the Dordogne near the bordering department of the Lot et Garonne.

Unlike many bastide towns, the narrow roads snake around the town in ever decreasing circles until you reach the centre, with beautiful medieval houses sit side by side with more unusual timber frames of the 14th and 15th C. Be prepared for a stiff neck since you are constantly peering upwards at the architecture. Many of the buildings have carved features for example the “Maison des Tetes” on the corner of the Grand Rue, with its carved heads on its upper level. Like Sarlat, you are certainly transported back in time, I had the feeling that a Musketeer would step out from one of the buildings, well I live in hope!

Just waiting for a Musketeer to ride down the narrow alleyway..

Just waiting for a Musketeer to ride down the narrow alleyway.

We reached Issigeac at lunch time so the shops were closed, therefore fairly quiet and a great way to properly see the many features. We shall certainly return again. I am thinking about a Sunday when they have an excellent market.

Superb architecture, it is well worth a visit or two

Superb architecture, it is well worth a visit or two

The small shops sell artisan pots, linen, soap and of course wine and chocolates.

A few of the many small shops

A few of the many small shops

Market day is Sunday – The third weekend in July is the basket market where vendors and artisans come from all over France to demonstrate their craft at the Foire aux Panniers (basket fair).

This one has the wow factor.

This one has the wow factor.

Also, in July and August are the annual bodegas which are held all over the Perigord, (Issigeac is one of the largest). Bodegas are street parties organised by the local rugby club as a fund raiser. Bands play into the small hours while you eat and drink the local produce.

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