Wonderful ever changing landscapes makes the Dordogne a relaxing and tranquil spot to get away from it all. With picturesque villages, glorious countryside, an abundance of wildlife it’s perfect for walking, cycling and of course canoeing down the river.
This delightfully quaint village on the banks of the Dordogne river makes a wonderful place to visit. The château perched on top of a limestone cliff dominates the skyline in a fantastically dramatic manner
The most famous town in the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France. Before setting off for your walk around Sarlat, visit the tourist office which can provide a suggested walking tour to take in the key attractions.
In summer the church of St-Léon-sur-Vézère serves as one of the principle venues for the music events of the Perigord festival. It offers more than 20 classical music concerts in a unique architectural and natural setting.
The Dordogne produces more walnuts than anywhere else in France. You’ll find them in liquors, cakes, tarts and cheese…enjoy!
“The Dordogne is full of “easy adventure” opportunities: prehistoric caves built into the mountains, hilltop châteaux admired from a canoe or family bike rides along deserted lanes with a baguette and block of pâté in the rucksack.”
Immersed in history, this beautiful region has an unforgettable charm.Beautifully preserved Dordogne was one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution. It was formed from the province of Prigord, and even to this day the locals are known as Périgordiens. Inhabited since prehistoric times, you’ll find the most complete ancient cave paintings ever discovered at Lascaux. It’s all about meandering rivers, quaint ancient villages set on steep hillsides and charming countryside that’s ideal for walking, birdwatching, fishing and water sports. Oh, and châteaux, lots of châteaux, built as a result of centuries of conflict in the region, most notably the Hundred Years War between France and England. Nowadays Dordogne is the supplier of much of France's finest produce, including Bergerac wines, crèpes mushrooms, rare truffles and foie gras. The mighty Dordogne river bisects the region, and offers all the attractions you’d expect from one of Europe’s most dramatic waterways.
What to eat and drink in Dordogne
For a rural region the cuisine of the Dordogne is surprisingly sophisticated as the two common ingredients used in regional cooking are truffles, used in soups, sauces, meat and stuffing¿s, and 'Foie Gras', the enlarged liver of a goose or duck force fed on maize. 'Foie Gras' is used in paté, stuffings and eaten alone as a delicacy. Food served 'a la perigourdine? are served with a sauce of truffles and foie gras. A regional take on the classic dish Cassoulet is Cassoulet Perigourdin a pungent stew of haricot beans, garlic sausage and goose neck stuffed with foie gras. Bergerac is one of the main wine producing regions in France. Its red wines are considered inferior to the famous wines of Bordeaux, but are good quality and value. Bergerac sec are some of the best dry white wines.
What to see and do in Dordogne
There are over 1000 fascinating chateaux to explore with Beynac-et-Cazanac, perched precariously on a sheer cliff, perhaps the most famous of all. Other notable examples include Biron, Bourdeilles, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Commarque, Herm, Monbazillac and Pecany. Go to town and visit Sarlat with its golden stoned buildings, cobbled streets and adorable market stalls. Or for something altogether fruitier, there's the charmingly madcap Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne Strawberry festival, where every year the sweet toothed villagers attempt to create the largest possible tart. Then there's the wine centre of Bergerac - a pretty medieval town with old squares and an excellent market.