La Coquille is a picture postcard Perigord Vert town that dates back to Roman times. It serves its community and surrounding villages well with all basic amenities: doctor, dentist, post office, bank, butchers, bakers, bars and restaurants in place, a church in the main square and a market every Thursday selling fresh fruit, vegetables, local produce and fish. This peaceful town is an ideal place in which to experience the green heart of France.
La Coquille is located in Northern Dordogne (Aquitaine); in the Regional Natural Park of the Perigord Vert, 50mins from Limousin and Perigueux. The Perigord Vert is so called due to its landscape of deep green valleys and trickling streams. The nearest airport is Limoges, which can be reached in 45mins.
The Perigord Vert has a long, tumultous history. Boasting one of the earliest civilisations in Europe, as well as fertile lands and a mild climate, it was repeatedly invaded right up until the C20th. Evidence of prehistoric activity can most clearly be seen in the numerous caves dotted around. The caves at Lascaux for example date from approximately 15,000 years. The eras of the Celtics, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and others then brought the wars. Today, luckily, it is the more peaceful way of life that is faithfully preserved. The markets are one of the finest examples of this. At around 8am every Thursday, old vans slowly roll into La Coquille and begin to leisurely unload their fresh produce, ready to liven up the day.
La Coquille is located on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle piligrimage route so those interested in this experience are within easy access. There are tourist trails also, mountain bike routes with bike hire available and tennis courts for 7€ per hour. Trains stop 5x a day in the local station so other villages can also be easily explored. A ‘Caleche’ (horsedrawn carriage) can also be hired to take in the sights, or even for house hunting, where one can discover beautiful stone houses. Fishing and golf are also popular sports in this area.
Food & Drink
La Coquille specialises above all in truffles, and then there are dishes with foie gras, confit de canard, truffles, veal, goose, hare and oysters. Bergerac wines meanwhile are the most popular choice of beverage.
Les Voyegeurs Restaurant, 12 rue de la République, tel : 05 53 52 80 13, offering freshly prepared meals with a Périgourdin touch.
La Provencale, 20 rue de la République, offering freshly prepared pizzas cooked in a traditional wood burning stove.
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