Visit the Dordogne on vacation

From prehistoric sites to Renaissance castles to fortresses, villages and medieval troglodyte shelters, the heritage of the Dordogne valley is extraordinarily rich. Particularly, the Périgord Noir is distinguished by unique landscapes and an incredible concentration of preserved sites.

The geological characteristics of the region have allowed the formation of numerous cavities invested by humans since time immemorial, and underground naturally adorned with magnificent concretions limestones: to visit, the chasms of Proumeyssac and Padirac, the caves of Lacave and Wonders , but also the ornate caves and prehistoric shelters of Lascaux, Combarelles, Fond-de-Gaume, Pataud, or Cap-Blanc. In the cliffs, whole troglodyte villages have been occupied for a long time, like that of Roque Saint-Christophe near Les Eyzies.

On the built heritage side, castles and Renaissance mansions are legion in black Périgord: do not miss the Towers of Merle, Castelnaud, Fénelon, Losse, Commarque, nor, of course, the inescapable medieval perched Rocamadour.

Must-see tourist activities in the Dordogne

In addition to visits to caves, castles, and museums, the Dordogne offers a wide range of outdoor leisure activities. From the relaxing walk in the gardens of Eyrignac or Marqueyssac to kayaking or the practice of hydrospeed in white water, the region adapts to your rhythm.
An ideal destination for fishing enthusiasts with its extensive network of rivers, dam lakes and unspoilt natural areas, the Dordogne is also a green territory covered with many forests where to walk and gather mushrooms.

The more adventurous will enjoy limestone cliffs for climbing and via ferrata. A paradise for gourmets and gourmands, the Périgord Noir is finally full of generous ancestral culinary traditions and delicious local products: porcini mushrooms, truffles, chestnuts, foie gras and duck breast, walnuts, strawberries and apples of protected designation of origin.