The pretty village of Tourtoirac in the Dordogne region of south west France is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a very traditional way of life. Centred around its impressive Benedictine Abbey, this wonderful building is certainly worth visiting, and houses a small museum containing artefacts found during village excavations. There’s also a pretty 12th century village church with two bell towers. After a spot of sightseeing, relax with a refreshing drink in one of the restaurants in town, or grab some delicious bread from the local bakery and take a picnic to the edge of the river Auvezere, where you can have a paddle. An exciting development in the last few years has heightened the interest of this lovely little village – the discovery of the Tourtoirac caves. More than 3km long, these caves located under the cliffs of Toirtoirac show beautiful stone formations of butterfly wings, impressive columns and delicate crystallisations. Open from March to November, these are a must-see. Outside of the village, explore the stunning countryside on foot or by bike, or take a canoe out on the river for a very pleasant afternoon. The nearby town of Perigeux is well worth the drive out too.