The Dordogne: a Shared Heritage – Accumulated over the Millenia

The Dordogne Valley covers a vast area in the southwest of France, beginning in the mountains of the Massif Central and ending in the plains to the east, near Bordeaux.

It’s an area to which time has been kind; rich in scenic, architectural, historic, cultural and gastronomic traditions and heritage.

The great beauty of the Dordogne Valley is not only to be found above ground in its rolling hills, dramatic gorges, fertile dells and unspoilt landscapes, but also underground, where the limestone geology has led to the formation of magnificent caves over millions of years.

The Lascaux cave at Montignac, named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 is home to some of the great masterpieces of prehistoric art. The newly opened Montignac-Lascaux International Parietal Art Centre (CIAP) contains a reproduction of almost the entire original cave created using the most up-to- date virtual and imagery technology.


A Rich Past: With a history going back several millennia, the Dordogne Valley offers a veritable journey through the ages, from its prehistoric caves to its medieval castles.

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: the Dordogne Valley is home to an enchanting variety of picturesque villages that have kept their authentic French country charm.

The beautiful “GR” (Grand Randonnée) walking trails and the St. James Way converge towards Rocamadour.