Dordogne and Périgord are favourite destinations with food-lovers and it’s a fascinating area with plenty to see and do at any time of year.
BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN THE REGION OF A THOUSAND AND ONE CASTLES
Beautiful buildings such as castles, manor houses and Romanesque churches are dotted around the countryside, providing a magnet for anyone interested in culture and heritage. As they explore the Dordogne, visitors in search of old buildings and traditional villages will be in their element strolling through the typical narrow streets of our beautiful villages and towns.
AN EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY
It’s not by chance that Prehistoric Man chose to settle in the area 17,000 years ago. He left exceptional works of art to humanity, such as the cave paintings in Lascaux and the 15 prehistoric sites concentrated in the Vézère valley, which are now listed UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its 10 listed villages, its medieval bastides and its three “Towns of Art and History” make the Dordogne one of the richest area in France in terms of listed historical monuments. Today, there are a range of tours and experiences available. The new Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac Lascaux take visitors back on a journey to the origins of human history. The area also offers numerous festivals and events dedicated to music, mime, lm and food throughout the year.
MANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Nature-lovers and outdoor activity enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in the Dordogne – choose from activities as diverse as canoeing, hiking and cycle touring to golf, climbing and fishing, as well as wakeboarding and pot-holing.
Enjoy a unique gourmet experience at the Château de Montaigne, in the Pays de Bergerac, with a unique gastronomic dinner prepared by a professional chef accompanied by 19th century-style service when you become the Lord or Lady of the manor for the evening!
A hidden treasure along the banks of the Charente: the village of Saint Aulaye Puymangou. This unusual bastide, founded in 1288, is perched on a hill overlooking the River Dronne. Thanks to its architectural heritage (listed 11th century Romanesque church, 15th century ramparts) and landscapes, the village has been awarded the “Petite Cité de Caractère” label.
Sarlat organic night market is a must for food lovers. You can find foie gras, the famous cepe mushrooms, magret (duck breasts) & confit (conserves of duck or goose), truffles, walnuts, strawberries and countless other delicious local products.The Sarlat’s glass lift with panoramic views, housed within Sainte- Marie’s bell tower, offers a unique experience. Once at the top, the lift allows you a 360° view of Sarlat: the paved streets, the honey stoned walls, the lauze covered roofs…
DORDOGNE AND PÉRIGORD OFFERS MANY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
The area features 229 hotels and 13 tourist residences, with a total capacity of 15,203 beds, 249 camping and caravanning sites and 17 holiday villages.
Lascaux cave, one of humanity’s major archaeological discoveries
According to UNESCO, “its discovery was of great importance for the history of prehistoric art. The hunting scenes show some 100 animal figures, which are remarkable for their detail, rich colours and lifelike quality.” UNESCO considers that “there is no other prehistoric site in any other part of the world which equals the site in the quantity, quality and variety of the finds.”
- 191 sites and monuments open to visitors.
- 15 UNESCO World Heritage- listed prehistoric sites.
- 556 kilometres of navigable rivers suitable for canoeing.
- Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD)
- Bergerac-Dordogne- Perigord (EGC)
- Bordeaux Saint-Jean TGV
- Angoulême TGV Paris – 2hrs
- Libourne TGV Paris: 2hrs 45mins
- Périgueux, Bergerac (TER stations)
Photos: Gabare boat tour by the bridge and Château of Castelnaud.