To discover Périgueux is to fall under the spell of a town that has been awarded the "d'Art et d'Histoire" (Art and History) label. Close to the Périgord Noir, the capital of the Dordogne boasts a wealth of cultural attractions.

Diving into the heart of Roman times

Périgueux, built on a domus, keeps the numerous remains from the Gallo-Roman era. Le Vésone districtVesunna, where one of the city's 28 towers still stands, along with the remains of the stronghold where the Petrocores lived, boasts the Vesunna Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel. As you enter the museum, you can see how the city was laid out in those days, thanks to a scale model, before descending onto the footbridges overlooking the domus. 
All around, the wooded park of Vésone makes for great family Sundays at the foot of the Vésone tower.

Another museum in Périgueux has Gallo-Roman remains: MAAP. The Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie du Périgord guides visitors through the different periods of history that have shaped the Dordogne: from prehistory through antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Périgueux, a medieval city

Two distinct districts attract visitors to Périgueux. The Vésone districtatypical in the Dordogne, and the city's hypercentre with its medieval streets, more traditional in Périgord. Visit guided tours are organised to discover the hidden interiors of the town's many private mansions. 
The charm of the administrative capital lies in these squares nestling in the heart of the town, where restaurants, shops and local life mingle with the history of the place. Périgueux has managed to preserve and protect its town centre, with many medieval houses still visible, particularly along the quays of the Isle. An itinerary Terra Aventura will help you discover all these treasures.

Getting around Périgueux

The tourist areas are just a few kilometres away. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes' walk from Parc de Vésone to Place de la Clautre. 
A little tourist train allows you to visit these two parts of the city in 45 minutes without tiring. The town centre is largely pedestrianised in summer. To get to Périgueux, buses serve the four corners of the Périgord and the station provides a relatively easy link between the Dordogne and Bordeaux, Agen or Limoges.

A stopover for pilgrims

While Périgueux has preserved its medieval streets intact, you'll find something special in the rue de la sagesse Between the cobblestones are words to ponder. Rue LimogeanneThis narrow artery, the main street in the medieval quarter, is littered with shells. This is the landmark that guides pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. 
Périgueux is a stop on the GR 654 which departs from Vézelay to reach Galicia's most famous town, where believers from all over the world meet up after covering many kilometres and a packed credencial.

Saint-Front Cathedral

A true emblem of the city, the building at the white stoneThe route, which is typical of this part of Périgord, has been a World Heritage Site since 1998 as part of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela. It is possible to visit the cloister and its roofs only with professional guides (ask at the tourist office) but the door to Saint-Front cathedral is still open. open for self-guided tours. Saint-Front cathedral is famous for its domes, restored by the architect Paul Abadie, who used the same technique at the Sacré Coeur in Paris. It also has two organs, which give magnificent concerts in summer.

A lively town all year round

In winter, the markets punctuate the weeks of Pétrocoriens. Fat markets and truffle markets in Place Saint-Louis are held alongside the traditional markets in Place de la Clautre, Place des Halles and Rue Taillefer on Saturdays.


During the summer months the quays of the Isle which come alive with a special layout featuring concerts, pedalos, salsa classes and beach volleyball competitions.
And throughout the year, bars, shopkeepers and cultural venues such as the Sans Réserve and the Odyssée theatre liven up the evenings.

Greater Périgueux

Sorges

Just a few kilometres from the administrative capital of the Dordogne, Sorges taunts its neighbour by clearly revealing its ambitions.
The best truffles de Dordogne are from Sorges". That's what you read when you arrive in this village that lives around the black gold of the Périgord. The truffle inn, the truffle eco-museum, the interpretation trail and, of course, the renowned specialist market are just some of the reasons why this village is so proud of its reputation. 

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Vergt

A little further south of the Périgueux conurbation, another village enjoys the good fortune of possessing an exceptional agricultural terroir. Vergt and the surrounding area specialise in the cultivation of strawberry. Every year, the strawberry festival in Vergt attracts thousands of visitors.

The Isle Valley

Périgueux is the epicentre of the River Isle. The port, quays and half-timbered houses such as the Maison des Consuls tell the story of the town's river past. Boats stopped plying the Isle a long time ago, but you can still enjoy the peace and quiet of the river on a canoe trip or along it thanks to the landscaped greenway for almost 100 kilometres.

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