Duras, France

Self Catering Duras Holiday Cottages and Gites in France

The town of Duras is a located in the north-eastern part of the Lot-et-Garonne department which is found in the Aquitaine region in south-western France. The town, from which the famous French author Marguerite Duras took her surname, is traversed by the Dropt river.

Duras was originally built as a walled town and founded by the English during the 100 Years War. When you stay in a Duras holiday rental cottage – a visit to the impressive Chateau de Duras is a must. Right in the town centre, the chateau can be found below the main square. Originally built as a defensive castle in the early 14th century, the castle was transformed in the 17th century into a residential castle. Today visitors can enjoy a large number of ornately decorated rooms, and an attractive balconied interior courtyard. While you visit Duras – be sure to see the medieval clock tower and several attractive houses to enjoy.

Every Monday morning the Duras market attracts sellers from farms around the area, as well as buyers from much further afield, all keen to sample the excellent local produce, brought fresh to town.

Duras is also well known for its wines, when you rent self-catering holiday accommodation in Duras, be sure to pay a visit to the Maison du Vin for information on where to buy local wine!

There is plenty to see and do when you stay in a holiday rental home in Duras, France – other sites to visit include the Basilique of Bazas (27 km), Le Mas d'Agenais (29 km), National Tobacco Museum (Musée du Tabac) (30 km),and Clairac (38 km).

Travelling to your Duras holiday cottages and Gites; The nearest Train Station is at Ste Foy la Grande; this has regular services to the centre of the attractive city of Bordeaux - where you can find TGV links from Bordeaux to Paris and Toulouse. The closest airport to Duras is Bergerac Airport (31 km). Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2 offer year round direct services to and from the UK. Bordeaux airport has many airline operates with flights to and from the UK including: bmi baby, British Airways, easyJet, Air France, Ryanair, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Driving from northern France’s ports is on average a 10 hour journey – without breaks. The A20 auto-route is extremely handy directly from Paris to Cahors.

The seasonal temperatures in Duras are extremely enticing! The town enjoys long hot dry summers, while spring and autumn tend to be a milder version of summer. Winters are also mild with temperatures rarely dipping below freezing.