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Le Bugue

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Commune of Dordogne, in the region of New Aquitaine, Le Bugue takes place in the heart of Black Périgord, on the banks of the Vézère. It is located about forty kilometers from Périgueux, not far from Saint-Cirq, Pezuls or Alles-sur-Dordogne.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the territory of Bugue developed in the second half of the 10th century with the construction of the Benedictine abbey, now extinct, Saint-Marcel-et-Saint-Salvador. Very prosperous until the middle of the 12th century, the town then became an English province at the same time as the rest of Périgord. Long border city between the French and English, she suffered many battles and looting. Mainly commercial, Le Bugue however owes its fame in the history to Jean Rey, scientist at the origin of the discovery of the laws of the conservation of the mass and inventor of the thermoscope, the ancestor of the modern thermometer.

From its rich history, Le Bugue has retained an interesting architectural heritage to discover the time of a stay in the region.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Bugue
Latitude44.9184560 (N 44° 55’ 6”)
Longitude0.9283960 (E 0° 55’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 48m to 245m
Surface area28.96 km²
Population2699 inhabitants
Density93 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePérigueux (26 mi, 47 min)
Insee code24067
IntercommunalityCC de la Vallée de l'Homme
TerritoryAquitaine, Périgord

Nearest cities & towns

Campagne2.4 mi (7 min)
Audrix3.3 mi (9 min)
Limeuil3.7 mi (10 min)
Saint-Chamassy4 mi (12 min)
Saint-Avit-de-Vialard4.2 mi (13 min)
Journiac4.6 mi (10 min)
Savignac-de-Miremont5 mi (15 min)
Paunat5.2 mi (15 min)
Les Eyzies6.1 mi (13 min)
Alles-sur-Dordogne6.2 mi (17 min)
Le Buisson-de-Cadouin6.4 mi (14 min)
Pezuls7.8 mi (16 min)
Coux et Bigaroque-Mouzens8 mi (16 min)
Trémolat8 mi (20 min)

Things to see and do

The village of Bournat, ecomuseum of the Perigordian life of the late nineteenth century, is a must in the town. Created in 1992, it recreates over seven hectares of public buildings such as the school, the chapel, the wash house or the post office, workshops of craftsmen with demonstrations, as well as carnival rides.

The largest private freshwater aquarium in France, the Perigord Black Aquarium offers visitors over 6,000 fish. Open to the public in the late 1980s, it also hosts a mini golf course, the Iguana Park with its reptiles, the prehistoric labyrinth, or the Big Bird. The latter is currently the first aerial and urban route in France with three levels of difficulty, and a range of fifty-seven different courses.

To learn more about the region's distant history, make sure you visit the Municipal Museum of Paleontology and Wildlife.

While walking in the town, you can discover the Saint-Sulpice church, but also workshops demonstrations of blowers and glass spinners.

Lovers of outdoor life will appreciate visiting the bird sanctuary of Terre des Oiseaux, or exploring the Bara-Bahau cave. Listed as a historic monument, it reveals several facilities open to the public, including access to different engravings. An educational exhibition is also present at the entrance, including unveiling reproductions of prehistoric works.

Children and their parents will love to go to Jacquou Park, an amusement park rich in rides and decorated with an aqualud space to cool off in summer.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Guided tour of Bugue
Concert With Biscott'Swing
Bodega Albuga
Minerals and Fossils Scholarship
Gourmet Market
Petanque contest
XXXIth Music in Périgord
Braderie, Brocante and Vide Grenier
Concert "Viva Voce" New World Music
Musicales de la Vézère - Concert With the band "Must that Guinche!"


Riding School at Le Bournat Park
Riding School at Le Bournat Park
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Sunday 23 july
Min. 20°C - Max. 40°C
Monday 24 july
Min. 20°C - Max. 38°C
Tuesday 25 july
Min. 23°C - Max. 39°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride in Black Périgord
Entertainment9 € Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (8.2 mi)
Maiden flight and microlight lessons
Sports sensations45 € to 159 € Pays de Belvès (10.4 mi)
Balloon flight on the Perigord
Nature and the great outdoors190 € Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse (11.2 mi)
Visit Losse Castle and Gardens
Culture and education7 € to 9 € Thonac (11.7 mi)
Discovery farm and carriage ride
Local flavours25 € Auriac-du-Périgord (15.2 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Loop Limeuil
HikeIntermediate4h30Limeuil (3.1 mi)
Boucle of Rouffignac
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (9.2 mi)
Between walled towns and abbeys
HikeEasy5h00Saint-Avit-Sénieur (11.4 mi)
Beaumont, Town Mill circuit
HikeEasy1h00Beaumontois en Périgord (13 mi)
Moulin de Mandassagne
HikeEasy2h20Saint-Martin-de-Villeréal (19.6 mi)


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