The territory of the Vézère valley has been inhabited for more than 450 years and conceals an exceptional archaeological, natural, cultural and architectural heritage. Its emblematic, multifaceted landscapes, limestone cliffs, wooded hillsides and wetlands, shelter great ecological wealth and testify to a close relationship between Man and his environment over time, giving it a remarkable dimension leading to the label “Grand French website”.

What is a Grand Site de France?

This label is awarded by the Minister in charge of the Environment for a period of 6 years to territories which are mobilizing to sustainably preserve landscapes. The Grands Sites de France all have in common that they are classified sites, protected by the 1930 law, and known for the exceptional beauty of their landscapes. They are engaged in a demanding approach supported by residents and local communities.

Their goals? Preserve very attractive fragile sites, reconcile their protection with regional development issues and allow visitors to enjoy a tourist experience while being made aware of the importance of preserving the place.

Today 21 sites are labeled (Marais Poitevin, Pointe du Raz, Cirque de Navacelles, Puy Mary -Volcan du Cantal, etc.) and 29 are planned on a national scale.

The actors work to preserve the emblematic landscapes and heritage of the valley to offer visitors a unique visiting experience.

How to experience the Grand Site de France Vézère Valley?

Different ways to discover this territory and its uniqueness are available to you!

The Prehistory Interpretation Center, the structure carrying the label offers exhibitions-experiences. It is an excellent introduction to the discovery of the territory, providing the keys to reading and understanding the valley's landscapes and their sustainable management.

To discover the heritage on the ground, there are many alternatives to the car to explore the Grand Site de France: route pedestrian, equestrian in bike, mountain biking, and for an intimate discovery, along the water on the Vézère in canoe or on foot along the secondary wooded valleys.

Discovering the spirit of the place also involves encounters with the inhabitants and the local culture during stays which promote immersion and sensitive discovery. How ? For example by walking with a Greeter, volunteer local guide who will share with you his secret corners and his favorites, or by opening the door to an artisan's workshop.

The vineyards of Dordogne
©Jules, Explore the World

More information on the Grand Site de France

  • Website of the Prehistory Interpretation Centre, supporting structure of the approach:


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