Situated in tranquil and picturesque south-west France, Dordogne offers plenty of appeal. An utterly charming region, the area is perhaps most famed for its incredible food – offering an array of produce throughout the year. If its authentic and seasonal flavours you’re after, the best time to visit is from April to October when harvests are abundant; foie gras, chestnuts, asparagus and black truffles are just some of the delights you’ll discover.
The landscapes of the Dordogne are characterised by verdant rolling hills, punctuated by somnolent villages, fairy-tale castles and ancient caves. The classic Dordogne as it is envisaged by most can be found in the area surrounding the town of Sarlat. The charming castles of Beynac and Castelnaud provide many a photo opportunity, while the prehistoric caves of Lascaux give an intriguing insight into the lives of the Dordogne’s inhabitants many thousands of years ago. For a deeper insight into the ancient history of the area, visit the French National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies, where you can also wonder at the old houses built into the rock.
The attractive city of Perigueux with its striking Byzantine cathedral and atmospheric narrow streets is bursting with historic buildings and cultural sights aplenty, not to mention a vast choice of cafés, restaurants and bars. Sarlat-la-Canéda is another picturesque town, where beautiful sandstone buildings bask elegantly in the sun.
Other interesting places to visit include the Jardins Suspendus at Marqueyssac which feature an intriguing network of curvaceous box hedges and the Grotte du Grand Roc which is a cave housing a mineral forest of spiky, crystal clad formations, stalactites and stalagmites.
Base yourselves in one of our large gites in the Dordogne and enjoy fantastic days out with family and friends.