The Dordogne Valley: what to do, what to see…

As if suspended in time, life in the Dordogne Valley always seems to pass at holiday pace. You ascend the dizzy heights to the cliff-top village of Rocamadour, listen to unspoilt nature, you visit one cave after another until you reach Lascaux. And, from picturesque roads to Compostela pilgrims’ paths, every stopping point is a geological masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or a gastronomic revelation. 
WHAT TO SEE

• The fortified town of Monpazier
• Sarlat City Centre
• The Château de Beynac
• The Gouffre de Padirac cave
• Montignac and its houses carved from solid rock
• The Lascaux IV cave
• The Cadouin Abbey cloisters
• The Château de Hautefort
• The Marqueyssac Gardens in Vézac
• The village of Beaumont

WHAT TO DO

• Go neanderthal at the Préhisto Parc at Tursac...
• Cool off in the waters of the Dordogne and Vézère
• Follow in the footsteps of Cyrano in Bergerac
• Relive the past at the National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies de Tayac
• Feel on top of the world from the hilltop village of Domme 
• Shop in Issigeac
• Plunge deep into the secrets of the Monbazillac wine cellars
• Follow in the footsteps of Joséphine Baker at the Château des Milandes
• Play the knight for a day at the Château de Castelnaud and Château de Beynac
• Gather porcini in the forest (and perhaps truffles too)

WHAT TO EAT

• Périgord hazelnuts
• Périgord black truffles
• Foie Gras from South-West
• Sarlat Potatoes
• Duck confit
• Aillet
• Ballotine of Turkey
• Tourain, a traditional soup
• Duck breast
• Hazelnut tart

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Wines from Bergerac
• A knife from Coutellerie Nontronnaise
• Girault pastels
• Truffle oil
• A walnut cake
• Confit duck or goose
• A bottle of Monbazillac

Getting to the Dordogne 

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