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Dordogne

Northeast Dordogne is often referred to as 'le Perigord Vert' due to its green rolling hills, forests and prairies.

'Le Perigord Blanc' or white Perigord is defined by the limestone plateaus in the centre and 'le Perigord pourple' or purple Perigord by the vineyards of the Dordogne valley.

The southeast, however, is probably the most popular part of the department for it is here you'll find numerous prehistoric sites, castles and caves. In fact, Europe's most important prehistoric caves are sited here at Lascaux.

This is the place to appreciate some of France's finest medieval architecture, the fantastic geological formations of the Dordogne and great countryside walks.

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Days Out in Dordogne
  • Medieval Architecture at Bourdeilles - a medieval chateau built to receive Catherine de Medici. The building works stopped when the visit was cancelled but the castle still dominates the town.
  • Gastronomic centre at Perigueux - head here for the best of the local produce: truffles, pies or 'pates de Perigueux' or cured meats or 'charcuterie'.
  • Sarlat - a beautiful town possessing the highest concentration of Medieval & Renaissance architecture of any town in France. Some of France's best markets are also found here!
  • Grotte de font de Gaume - discover some of Europe's finest prehistoric paintings in the caves near Eyzies.
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5 star ratingLes Marais
( Self Catering )

Saussignac 10 mins from Bergerac Bergerac 24240Tel:0871 2182 886
Fax:00 33 55 32 27886

Les MaraisLes Marais has been recently renovated into luxurious and spacious gite accommodation in the Dordogne Valley. Set in the mos...

4 star ratingLa Mariotte
( Self Catering )

Doissat Belves 24170

La MariotteIn the heart of the Périgord Noir, close to Sarlat, Les Eyzies and the caves of Lascaux, an old, detached building of nature ...

3 star ratingLa Truffière
( Self Catering )

Sagelat Belves 24170

La TruffièreLa Truffière is a charming chalet (total area + annexe 100 m2), ideally situated in the heart of the Black Périgord. In the h...