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St Emilion, Bastide towns & markets

The South West of France has about 350 bastide towns: “new towns” created in the XIIIth & XIVth centuries, they are planned around a large central market square but each one has its own identity. St Emilion is a must see, a world heritage site and also surrounded by some of the most famous vineyards in the world. It is not a bastide town, it's over a thousand years older than they are, having been founded by the Romans and it's beautiful & no distance from our Mill !

We also suggest visits to the Bastides of Ste Foy la Grande (with its bustling market on Saturday mornings) and the nearby larger town of Libourne. Libourne has a lovely & vibrant outdoor market on Tues, Fri & Sunday mornings in the main square (place Abel Surchamp & adjacent roads). The indoor market is superb and open every morning except Monday (1, rue Montesquieu, which is just on the corner leaving the main square). There is also an excellent & surprising art museum on the 2nd floor of the Gothic styled town hall.

In addition to our local shops, there are numerous town & village markets, summer village fairs, evening markets for night shopping & local fun. Special events (eg night market) leaflets are often to be found at the Montcaret bakers. We also add leaflets to the Information folder at the Mill all the time.

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