If you are looking for a specific French region which is authentic, full of delicious wines and local truffles, charming towns and world famous places then the answer is the Dordogne. People of all ages can enjoy water sports here!
A beautiful flowing river runs through the Dordogne, with hills full of ancient villages, small towns and castles, mountains, peaceful areas and plenty of space for a relaxing holiday! The capital of the Dordogne department, Périgueux, is in the heart of the region and a wonderful city to explore. The region around the city the French themselves call Perigord and it is a truly wonderful area.
In the southeast, around the town of Sarlat, you will find the ‘Perigord Noir’. This is the classic part of Dordogne with limestone cliffs, castles such as ‘Beynac’ or ‘Castlenaud’ and picturesque villages of ‘Domme’ and ‘Laroque Gageac’. You will find the world famous caves with stalagmites and stalactites, and even prehistoric paintings - the replica of Lascaux is a must. Around Bergerac you will find again the ‘Purple Perigord’, famous for its wines.
Regional Natural Park of Causses of Quercy
Shops in Perigueux
Average summer temperature: 28 degrees
Dordogne - region of a thousand castles
Cave of Lascaux
The region is known for the black truffle
Walnuts, truffles, chestnuts, strawberries, goose or duck foie gras, wine and chocolate
The Regional Natural Park of Causses of Quercy, a protected area of 176,000 hectares is an area of sheep and goat farming. Cliffs, caves, cliffs, hills, deep river valleys and dry meadows divided by stone walls make this magnificent area.
Foie gras, mushrooms, walnuts, truffles ... The Dordogne offers excellent cuisine. Do you want to learn more about black diamond? Visit the truffle museum in Sorges and try to look for you too along the paths that wind through the oaks! You never know ...
Each village has plenty of souvenir shops but, if you want more, in Perigueux there is a shopping centre. Here you will also find the well-known clothing chain ‘Babou’, at very competitive prices. If you prefer something more chic then the medieval town of Perigueux has boutiques and big names.
Rocamadour is perched on a limestone cliff and, after Lourdes, is the most visited pilgrimage site in France. After climbing the 216 steps of the Grand Staircase, you will discover the seven shrines of Rocamadour. From the top of the medieval village the panorama of the surrounding area is spectacular!