We're thinking of spending 12 days in the Dordogne this August, and at the moment, we're looking at spending 7 days just outside Brantome, and four or five near Sarlat.
While I appreciate that the Sarlat area is the more touristy and popular, is it THAT much prettier and rewarding than the Brantome area? Is there much to do around Brantome? Or should I really be spending most of my time around Domme and Sarlat?
Although I'm happy to avoid masses of tourists, I don't want to spend my holidays in a backwater with nothing to do and little to venture out for. Is Brantome a bit limited?
I'm ideally looking for: good local restaurants and cafes, horse riding, canoeing, pretty countryside and friendly locals.