Aubeterre - Les Plus Beaux Villages de France High on a hilltop, Aubeterre is an absolute gem. Officially one of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages" (most beautiful villages) of France.

The village has many artist's studios. Also to be found are potters and glass blowers. The puppet theatre is very popular during the summer holidays.

The lively village square is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a bottle of a local wines in one of the many bars and restaurants.

The fascinating monolithic (subterranean) church of St. Jean carved out of the cliff is a must see. With a 20m high underground nave and necropolis containing over 100 sarcophagi.

Guided tours of the village are available all year round (by reservation contact 05 45 98 65 06).

There is a weekly market held every Sunday morning.

The village has several excellent restaurants in the vibrant square, for a true French gastronmique experience a visit to the Hotel-du-Perigord is a must - Chef/Owner Fabrice Morel is constantly pushing the boundaries of French cuisine.

What many people visit for is the river beach, for safe swimming, diving, tennis, snacks and canoe hire.

Click here for Aubeterre's web site (the virtual visit is a little slow to load but well worth it!) for information on the many events that are held