A unique medieval town

From a chequered past….

Issigeac has a chequered past – it collaborated with the Germans during the war and was shunned by the surrounding population for years. In fact it is still possible to find old and bolds locally who will have nothing to do with the town or its inhabitants.

… to a creative and exciting future

But perversely, this history is its greatest strength – it avoided much of the more modern development that has blighted some towns. Not only has its pre-war charm been preserved, much of it intact, it became a mecca for impoverished artists lured by cheap property prices and quirky charm. It is now a rare synthesis of old architecture housing an explosion of wild and wacky creativity – from welders specialising in creating works of art from discarded farm machinery to chic soft-furnishing boutiques.

A hugely popular market

A trip to the weekly market on Sunday morning is a must – it is a firm favourite amongst locals (arriving earlier) and tourists (in time for elevenses!). Crammed into the sprawling cobbled streets, it a great start point for locally-sourced shopping with a wide array of home- and farm-produced fayre produce – wines, cheese, vegetables, wicker-work, preserves, meats, spices, as well as all manner of arts and crafts.

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