For a short month in Dordogne

Mode of transport : car / motorhome

Ideal season : spring fall


Additional recommendation: devote at least 1 week for green and white Périgord and another 2 weeks for black and purple.

Do you want to discover everything about the Dordogne? This route is made for you! There we discover the must-see attractions of the region such as the Caves of Lascaux, the town of Sarlat, the vineyards of Bergerac but also the wilder side of Périgord. Roaming in the 4 corners of Périgord.

The Green Périgord


Nontron and the cutlery tradition

The city offers a landscape worthy of Tuscany, admire it! Visit the arts and crafts center which presents original creations in the fields of decoration, fashion and tableware.
Then go to the Nontron cutlery. Since 1653, professionals have perpetuated this know-how which has made this village famous throughout France.


Puyguilhem, the little Chambord

Beautiful Renaissance residence, exact replica of the great castles of the Loire, you will be amazed by its monumental fireplace decorated with the 12 labors of Hercules and superbly restored.


Vieux Mareuil and/or Boschaud Abbey

Stroll in Vieux Mareuil around its superb 13th century fortified church. Follow the “Belle” river and reach the small wooded valley of Boschaud Abbey, founded in the 12th century.


Saint-Jean de Côle, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France

This small fortified medieval village, around an 11th century Augustinian priory, hosts a charming little Gothic wooden bridge covered with cobblestones, for a quiet break. The view is superb over the Château de la Marthonie which benefits from a privileged natural environment.


Jumilhac le Grand and its Renaissance castle

Built on a rocky spur in this valley of the Isle, it shines powerful and massive. Do its roofs impress you? The interior isn't bad either! Let yourself be told the story of the little spinner... Emotion guaranteed!


The forges of Savignac-Lédrier

The rural images of peaceful nature of the Périgord Vert are misleading, in fact, from the 16th century, this rural area became one of the cradles of the steel industry in France!


Brantôme, the Venice of Périgord

Brantôme is from all eras and its architecture bears witness to this: Benedictine abbey, old bell tower, cave of the Last Judgment. The setting is delicious for walking and the old Coudé bridge which spans the Dronne offers one of the most beautiful views of the abbey.


Bourdeilles castle

One of the four great castles granting itself the title of barony of Périgord!

Made up of 2 castles from different periods, this site houses a prestigious collection of furniture and numerous tapestries. Stunning!


Ribérac and its domed churches

Romanesque churches in Périgord, here you go! From Ribérac, a circuit takes you to discover the architectural particularity of these churches with domes, fortified, with a defense chamber, sometimes battlements or loopholes!

White Périgord


The Parcot farm

La Ferme du Parcot, in Echourgnac, is a place to raise awareness of the peasant architecture of the Double, remaining in its original state, it testifies to the fragility and poverty of the habitat. Dive into the heart of a return to the past! Then, take the hiking trail linking the Ferme du Parcot to the Jemaye pond.



Périgueux, the capital

Discover the Gallo-Roman archaeological remains highlighted in a setting of light at the Vesunna Museum. Then, return to the city center to admire Saint-Front Cathedral and its unique roofs. A tour of the city with a tour guide is recommended so as not to miss any of its rich history.

Truffle - Périgord product
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Sorges truffle

Start your visit to Sorges by going to the Truffle Ecomusée.

Then, walk the truffle path which winds through the causse for 3 km. Guided tours of truffle fields, tastings possible all year round and demonstration of truffle digging in season. Services only by reservation.


Tourtoirac, the geological pearl of Périgord

A spectacle of shadows and lights from which thousands of crystallizations emerge (drapers, eccentrics, fistulous) can be discovered by exploring this cave, open since 2010. It is labeled “Tourism and Disability” which makes it easily accessible.


Villars, the cave with two sides

A marvel of cave art, it is the only cave in Périgord to house both original prehistoric paintings and concretions. Do not miss in this superb natural setting, the paintings left in the Magdalenian, marvels of cave art coated with calcite which give these paintings an incredible bluish tint. Surprising!

The Black Périgord


Elegant Château de Hautefort

With its 365 windows, this castle built in the XNUMXth century is an architectural gem typical of the Middle Ages. It overlooks gardens alternating the rigor of French flowerbeds and the bucolic charm of an English park.


The Gardens of the Imagination of Terrasson

Invitation to a walk where a dialogue is established with nature, water, the movement of the wind. The garden combines several gardens into one. When you come out, strolling around the church is a pure pleasure: artists and craftsmen have settled in the old part of the city, permanently or for the summer and have thus reinvested 13 shops in the old city.

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Montignac-Lascaux and the famous cave

The destiny of Montignac-Lascaux changed in September 1940 with the discovery of the decorated Lascaux cave. Take the time to walk around and let yourself be carried away by the charm of the town (house on stilts, half-timbered, from the XNUMXth, XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries)

Visit Montignac-Lascaux

Losse Castle
Château de Losse


Losse Castle

Overlooking the Vézère, the Château de Losse plays with time. Admire its walls and moats from the Middle Ages and enjoy its exceptional furniture decor dating from the 2004th and XNUMXth centuries. As a bonus, enjoy its terrace gardens, certified since XNUMX by the Ministry of Culture.

Losse Castle

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La Roque Saint-Christophe

55000 years of troglodytism for this fortified complex undoubtedly dating back to the first centuries of our history up to the Renaissance.

Unmissable: La Roque Saint-Christophe



The village of Madeleine

17000 years ago, hunter-gatherers settled in this rock shelter, the Magdalenian, does that mean something to you?

Unmissable: the Madeleine

Town of Eyzies


Les Eyzies: museums, caves, prehistoric shelters, castle

A true journey through time that embraces all eras, “the discovery trail” will allow you to discover the village and its different sites on foot. You will understand why this small village has been nicknamed “world capital of prehistory”.

Visit Les Eyzies

Le Bugue, the Bournat park


Bournat Park

In this reconstructed village we find scenes from rural life and popular history of Périgord from the end of the 8th century. Discover ancestral trades thanks to craft demonstrations and enjoy numerous activities including a dramatized visit which is worth the detour! A day should be planned for this XNUMX ha park.

Bournat Park

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©Agence Urope


Limeuil, at the confluence of the two rivers

Small medieval town which has preserved its access gates. In a pocket handkerchief, very nice surprises await you! The Panoramic Gardens of course or the Romanesque St-Martin chapel, the Ste Catherine church but also quite an adventure in these steep streets.

Visit Limeuil


Cadouin and its cloister

A masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art, the Cistercian abbey founded in 1115 and its cloister will not leave you indifferent!


Saint-Cyprien, the nice surprise

Small town of character where it is good to stroll. As you climb its steep streets, you can admire beautiful residences.

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Belvès, on its promontory

It is called the village of 7 bell towers, you will quickly understand why! The visit to its underground habitats which offered protection and shelter is moving, not to be missed!

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La Roque-Gageac, “Most Beautiful Villages in France”

The beautiful Périgord houses well established on the sunniest side of the Dordogne valley make you want to stop, don't hesitate to wander through its streets!

Visit La Roque Gageac

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Castelnaud Castle

Built on a rocky spur facing the great rival of Beynac, its lofty silhouette dominates the Dordogne valley and the village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, classified “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.

Visit Castelnaud Castle in Dordogne

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The Chambon Manor


Domme and its panorama

Don't miss this stopover in this village classified as the Most Beautiful Villages of France and take a walk to the Barre de Domme, a promontory which allows you to look over the Dordogne valley.

Visit Domme

Beynac Castle
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Beynac Castle

An emblematic fortress of Sarladais and the Dordogne valley, it seems to spring from the rock. By visiting it, you will understand why it was chosen by so many filmmakers!

Visit Beynac

Sarlat by night ©FlickR - Philippe Moreau
©FlickR – Philippe Moreau


Sarlat, the medieval city

This is the unmissable site of Périgord Noir! The city is a huge movie set, it has managed to keep superb vestiges intact.

Visiting Sarlat

The Purple Périgord

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Monpazier, bastide with 32 listed buildings

13th century bastide that has stood the test of time. You will love strolling under its arcades and discovering its small craft shops.

Visit the bastides


Biron Castle

Barony of Périgord, splendid monumental ensemble which served as a setting for the filming of several films.


Saint-Avit Sénieur

Small village dominated by the imposing structure of its fortified church which is worth the detour!
For a pleasant break in complete peace and quiet.


Beaumont du Perigord

Bastide which retains corner houses, vestiges of its walls and especially its enormous fortified church that looks like a citadel.



This medieval town, located on the edge of the Lot et Garonne, has many assets: within this sublime architecture you will find numerous shops, narrow streets and beautiful half-timbered houses

Vineyards - Dordogne-Périgord
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The castle of Monbazillac

Château full of harmony and nobility like the prestigious vineyard that bears its name. Before reaching the vaulted cellars which protect the great wines and spending a good time at the wine museum, you will visit rooms dedicated to Protestantism in Bergeracois.

Bergerac wines

Bergerac - Riverfront
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Bergerac, the town of Cyrano

A city of art and history, stroll through a maze of charming streets and squares. Look up to admire the half-timbering, the pointed windows, the ornate doors...

Wine, bastides and Bergerac

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