Which are the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in the Dordogne?
The Dordogne has no fewer than 10 "Most Beautiful Villages in France". It is one of the departments with the most in France.
The "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in the Vézère Valley
At the point where the Vézère River flows into the Dordogne River, take in the scenery with a visit to the charming village of Limeuil. Stroll through its narrow streets and alleys and discover its artists and craftsmen. Once you've reached the top, a visit to the panoramic park will give you a breathtaking view of the confluence.
And if you fancy a refreshing dip, all you have to do is head back down to the pebble beach for a dip.
Head up the valley towards Montignac-Lascaux and stop off at Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. Let yourself be carried away by the bucolic charm of this medieval village nestling on the banks of the River Vézère. With its 12th-century Romanesque church, its castle, the charming Manoir de la Salle and its many craftsmen, Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is a must-see in the Vézère valley.
We continue along the road to the village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly. Be amazed by its impressive 12th-century abbey church, and discover its history and breathtaking scenery on the interpretation trail and hiking trails.
The "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in the Dordogne Valley
Just a few kilometres from the Vézère valley, close to Sarlat, the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in the Dordogne valley are just waiting for you.
- Leaning against the cliffs, the village of la Roque Gageac facing due south, borders the river Dordogne. This privileged position allows exotic plants to thrive. Strolling along its narrow streets will give you a taste of the Mediterranean Périgord.
- Sheltered by its imposing castle, the village of Beynac and Cazenac stretches along the banks of the River Dordogne. If you're feeling more adventurous, leave your car at the bottom of the village and explore the narrow streets up to the castle.
- Facing it, at the confluence of the Dordogne and Céou rivers, the village of Castelnaud and its medieval castle of the same name. As well as its fortified castle, the village is home to the magnificent Château des Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker.
- Climb up again, and return to the village of Domme. Set on a rocky spur, this fortified town with its ramparts and Templar prison offers breathtaking views over the Dordogne valley, its villages and its châteaux.
The other "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in the Dordogne
Still in the Périgord Noir, the village of Belvès overlooks the Nauze valley. This magnificent medieval town has 8 underground dwellings that will take you back in time.
Further south, the village of Monpazier has retained all the charm of a medieval village, taking you back in time. It's almost as if you were there! Take a stroll through the streets to discover the local craftspeople and then return to the Place des Cornières, right in the heart of this bastide town. The village is regularly used for period film shoots.
In the north of the department, in the Périgord Vert region, the village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle and its famous Château de la Marthonie invite you to wander around. Its Gothic bridge, narrow streets and access to the river will delight lovers of authenticity.