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Mussidan is a small town on the western edge of the Dordogne department in the area known as the Perigord Blanc. It is north of Bergerac and is next to an entrance point for the long Transeuropean motorway, the A89-E70.

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France This Way comment: Mussidan is not a major tourist destination but it has a few shops and cafes, a small arts and crafts museum and an attractive park where you can relax or take a picnic.

Mussidan sits on the confluence of the River Isle and the small Riviere La Crempse and whilst the River Isle has been central to the development of the town the town is set back from the river and the shops bars and restaurants of Mussidan are centred around the Saint Georges church and the main high street.

Saint Georges church

Some of the prettiest parts of the town lie along the edge of the small Riviere La Crempse. On the edge of the Place de la Republique is a small weir and a little bridge across to a lovely stone building which is home to the town's music school.

Behind this area Mussidan has recently created an attractive contemporary garden area with a fountain and water rills and contemporary planting.

Near to here is the towns war memorial which commemorates especially the events of the 11 June 1944 when in retaliation for work by resistance fighters to sabotage the railway the Germans gathered 350 residents of Mussidan and shot 52 of them including the mayor and his secretary.

Also on the Place de la Republique is the tourist office where you can pick up a map with a walk of about 5km which takes you round the main sights of Mussidan.

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Mussidan has two churches, the newest is the Saint Georges church which is a neo-Romanesque church built in the 19th century. Rather more charming is the older church of Notre Dame du Roc which was built in the 16 and 17th century.

The church sits on a small rocky outcrop and has been converted into a cinema and is thought to be one of the most attractive cinemas in Aquitaine.

On the other side of town is the attractive Parc Voulgre which is home to the Musée Voulgre and to two traditional wood and timber houses known as the Maisons Doubleaudes as well as picnic tables and a childrens play park.

The Musée André Voulgre is housed in a lovely 18th house that was donated to the village by Doctor Voulgre when he died and and is a museum of art and popular traditions and is decorated with furniture from the 18th century.

Mussidan has an outdoor swimming pool which is open in July and August every year. Market day is Saturday and the Mussidan market is known locally to be a good one. In September to November there is also a Cepes market under the halle every day at 4pm.

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Attractions nearby

Neuvic sur l'Isle and the Chateau de Neuvic are to the north east of Mussidan on the way to the very beautiful town of Perigueux which has a charming medieval centre and various Roman remains.

Explore elsewhere in the Perigord Blanc. You can find more travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Address: Mussidan, Périgueux, Aquitaine, 24400, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.0358, longitude 0.3664

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Market days in Mussidan, France

Regular market(s) are held in Mussidan each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Mussidan (Francais)

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