From walks in the forest to visits to castles, from days of strolling in a medieval village to discovering prehistoric caves, descents into crystallized chasms, canoeing on the Dordogne or a barge trip on the Vézère, your stay in Périgord promises to be full of people.
Places of interest in the Dordogne department
A major Midi-Pyrénées site, the Dordogne Valley is full of sites of interest, ranging from natural curiosities to architectural treasures and landmarks of history and prehistory. Among the sites to discover are medieval castles and fortresses that have been magnificently preserved, erecting their silhouettes in exceptional settings: Beynac, Castelnaud and Commarque are some of the most famous of their kind. Remarkable parks and gardens such as those of Eyrignac or Marqueyssac are also pleasant places to visit with the family. The Vézère valley is famous for the number of its prehistoric sites: the Lascaux caves for the most famous, but also the many shelters and caves decorated with the Eyzies-de-Tayac, world capital of prehistory. Dug by an important network of watercourses, the limestone cliffs of the Valley conceal important geological sites: caves and chasms with concretions whose unreal decorations are also perfectly natural. Do not miss the visit of the abysses of Padirac and Proumeyssac, but also the caves of Tourtoirac, Beaussac, Villars, Maxange or Le Grand Roc. In the Dordogne you will find medieval towns and villages with a rich cultural and architectural heritage: the bastides of the south of the Dordogne such as Villefranche-du-Périgord, Domme, Eymet, or Monpazier; the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La-Roque-Gageac, or Beynac-et-Cazenac; the cities of Art and History such as Sarlat, Bergerac and Périgueux.
The most beautiful cities in the Dordogne
With 2 millennia of history, Périgueux is the capital of the Périgord Blanc. Its rich architectural and cultural heritage contains Gallo-Roman, medieval and Renaissance treasures. Attractive even in winter for its famous truffle markets, Périgueux is not to be missed during your stay: you will discover many listed sites, dominated by the massive silhouette of the Saint-Front cathedral and its Byzantine style domes. In the heart of the purple Périgord, Bergerac is a destination renowned for its vineyards, immortalized by Edmond Rostand’s pen and his famous and tragic hero Cyrano. A stroll in a gabarre on the Dordogne is a must. On market days, the city comes alive with a special atmosphere: perfect moments to discover local products and then stroll through the old town centre. Finally, a few kilometres from the campsite La Linotte, do not miss the visit of Sarlat, capital of the Périgord Noir, which holds the world record for the density of listed monuments and buildings. Stroll through its medieval streets to discover its architectural treasures, or take a guided tour to discover its history. A must in the region, the Sarlat market promises you a discovery of the best local products in an authentic and warm atmosphere. At the Manoir de Gisson, the daily life of the city’s nobility in the 17th century is presented to you through a rich collection of costumes, objects and furniture.
The Dordogne valley, between sporting activities and exceptional landscapes
With its extraordinarily unspoilt landscapes, the Dordogne is an ideal destination for green tourism. Lovers of the outdoors and outdoor leisure activities will not be mistaken: water sports, climbing, potholing, white water sports, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding or fishing, the activities to be enjoyed in the Dordogne valley are many and varied. They are especially adapted to everyone’s tastes and level: families with young children as well as great sportsmen and women who love thrills will find their happiness there! Whether you practice Via Ferrata on a cliff above the Vézère or try a canoe trip down the Dordogne, the scenery is breathtaking. Walking tours allow you to discover secret and preserved places between ponds, forests and views of the valley. By canoe or barge, they allow you to admire exceptional sites from the water, such as the troglodytes of Roque Gageac or the fortified towns of Beynac and Castelnaud. The number of underground cavities in the region makes the Dordogne the ideal place to learn caving or improve your skills. Professionals even supervise the children for a safe and gentle discovery of the caves.