Montolieu, is a quaint semi-fortified village with narrow streets, stone houses with brightly painted shutters, an abundance of book shops, art galleries, a print museum and at the ancient manufacture royal glass blowing, with the 12th church of Saint-André dominating the centre of the village. It is built on the edge of a ravine, spread out along a ridge with the river gorges of the Dure and the Alzeau which flow 100 meters deep on either side.
It has set itself the target of becoming France's second-hand book village with shops overflowing with dog-eared and antiquarian tomes. In high season it is open 7 days a week.
We visited on a Sunday when they where holding a book market with stalls throughout the streets, and we eat a good lunch at the Les Anges au Plafond tucked away in a tiny lane.
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