The Vézère valley is at the heart of France's Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
A few kilometres from Sarlat
The Vézère valley is neighbouring town of SarlatSarlat is the capital of the Périgord Noir and the Dordogne valley. Sarlat is Europe's leading town in terms of the number of listed buildings. It is a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Just a few kilometres from the castles that dominate the Dordogne: Castelnaud, Beynac and Les Milandes, Sarlat is also close to the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", such as La Roque-Gageac and Domme. Both valleys boast manor houses, strongholds and imposing buildings that bear witness to the great wars of the past. Visitors love the contrast between these two valleys One is wilder with its rocky landscapes (Vézère valley) and the other more romantic with its castles (Dordogne valley).
Similarities with our neighbours in the Lot and strong links with Gironde
Located in south-west France at 2 hours from BordeauxThe Vézère valley borders on the Occitan region, with its towns of Limoges, Toulouse and Rocamadour.
The Vézère valley is close to Occitanie in terms of languagehis dialect, its small heritage and its discreet architectural treasures (dry stone and slate roofs, bories), its churches Romanesque architecture and "identical" tourist sites. Water has carved out a labyrinth of caves and chasms and men established themselves very early on in these two countries.
The merchant river linking us to Bordeaux. To the south of the Vézère river, at the junction of two valleys (the Dordogne and the Vézère): Limeuil. This medieval village of character is one of the jewels of the Périgord. Its port was once a major centre for inland waterway transport. River transport was the main economic activity and the main means of transport: at the beginning of the 19th century, shipping took off in a big way. Coal, earth and iron ore flowed down the river, while salt, grain, earthenware and various "colonial" goods were shipped up from Bordeaux via the Dordogne.
Today, with the greenway development projectIt is no longer with this river hemmed in greenery but perhaps by the roads that one day the junction with the Gironde …
The Dordogne so close to Corrèze
To the north, our region borders Corrèze, whose sharing landscapesand pretty villages.
The Vézère rises at Meymac (1 hour from Brive) and flows into the Dordogne, of which it is one of the main tributaries. Terrasson la Villedieu, on the borders of Périgord Noir and Corrèze, is built on terraces, and is an ancient town clinging to a cliff, beautifully topped with slate roofs and majestically overlooking the Vézère. It is the northern gateway to the Vézère valley.
Lascaux - Dordogne, an unspoilt region
Today, the "Vallée de l'Homme" Community of Communes brings together 26 villages in the Vézère valley. Elected representatives are working together to find the best way forward for the development of the valley. In 2012, the whole of the Dordogne basin was classified as a "protected area". Unesco World Biosphere Reserve "and in 2020 the Grand Site" label has been awarded to this region to conserve and preserve its exceptional wealth.