Les Magnolias it is no more than a 1500 meter walk from the main square of the Bastide town of Lalinde.
Lalinde once bore the name La Lynde, a more British name, and that’s true, for the Bastide was founded under English royal authority in 1265. Except for the remains of the bastide (some defensive buildings, a reinforced city gate and city walls), the area is well worth a visit . Three different hiking tours start into the area from Lalinde every day (July and August). These tours are accompanied and explained by a walking guide. In the summer months there is a lot to do in Lalinde, ranging from medieval festivals to theater and musical performances.
In the immediate vicinity of Les Magnolias you can visit the Château de Lanquais which gives you a good idea of daily life in the Renaissance. Furthermore the Château de Baneuil from the 13th century is worth a view.
Hiking area: there are several ‘discovery tours’ (400 kilometers of trails) plotted in the surrounding area. You can walk “a Grande Randonnee” (23) from Lalinde to Louyre and / or travel around with mountain bikes. For those who do not necessary need a walking tour : you can also make a trip by tourist train to Bergerac.(a gourmet meal is included.)
You could also walk to the” Chapelle de Saint Front de Colubri “, situated on a hill, with stunning views of Lalinde. In Lalinde you find some old houses, dovecotes(pigeonaires) and the “Maison du Gouverneur” (1597).
In the adjacent village Mauzac is a nautical club: here you can sail on the Dordogne. Walk by and ask what it costs to rent a boat. You can make a boat trip from there with a Gabarre. Lalinde itself has no beach, but you can take a swim in the Dordogne on several places.
Lalinde is a charming region center with friendly and helpful people and many facilities and activities. There is a tourist office , a pleasant shopping street ,an old town center, supermarkets, restaurants, a fitness center, cafes, terraces, delicatessen and wine shop,. Every week on Thursday and Saturday morning there is a market with something for everyone.
Within a circle of 15 minutes by car, you will find restaurants in all price ranges, by a good 3 course meal for 20 euros to high-level gastronomy with Michelin star. Local products tasting: on different places in the Dordogne, it is possible to visit a Ferme Auberge (farm) for a guided tour. Here you can taste and buy home made products such as foie gras, perodigien duck, meat, goat cheese, fruit and wine. Only 1,5 km from Les Magnolias is ” Chez Daniel et Maggy “a Ferme Auberge Cassagne which we can recommend.