In the Dordogne in spring, nature comes back to life, tourist sites reopen, the first Périgord strawberries appear... and much more besides. We tell you why spring is the ideal time to discover the Vézère valley.

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Nature reclaims its rights

The mild temperatures of the Périgord region mean an explosion of colour in the gardens!

A flourishing flora and fauna

With a mild climate in winter and unspoilt countryside, thanks in particular to the Grand Site de France certificationFrom the first rays of spring sunshine, the Vézère valley offers spectacular landscapes. Take in the sights, such as l'Escaleyrou or the Côte de Jor to catch a glimpse of the Dordogne plains or the meanders of the Vézère river. Or take a walk to discover the biodiversity and wild flora of the Vézère valley.

Do you love flowers?

Visit our gardens as the Panoramic Gardens of LimeuilYou can discover the plants of the Dordogne at the Jardins d'Eyrignac, the Jardins de Cadiot or the Jardins d'Eau de Carsac.

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The 1st terrace

Finally, leave your jacket at home and take advantage of the restaurant terraces to treat yourself to a drink.

Let's make the most of the restaurant terraces!

For a simple morning coffee, an ice cream with your family afternoon, or an aperitif with friends in the evening, it's a good idea to review the restaurateurs open the parasols and bring out the chairs on the terrace.

There's no shortage of good places to eat in the Dordogne, but some are well worth the diversions! Do you know Les balcons de l'espérance in Limeuil or The summer terracers at Les Eyzies?

If you're with the family, take a look at our tips for a quiet drink:

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The delicious Périgord strawberry

The Périgord region is famous for this AOC. Every spring, we can't wait to find it on the shelves to enjoy on its own, in ice cream or in a homemade pavlova.

Tasty fruit and vegetables from Périgord

La cutter is just one of the many fruits that can be found on our markets in early spring.

The atmosphere of a market with local producers.

You can enjoy the asparagus grown in the commune of Bugue to the Tuesday morning jams Agnès with fruit from her orchard at the Marché des Eyzies on Monday and many other producers in the region to Montignac-Lascaux on Wednesdays.

"Châteaux en fête

The spring event that gives you the chance to visit castles and manor houses that are not traditionally open to visitors.

End of winter for the châteaux of the Dordogne - everyone on the balcony!

The Dordogne is indeed the land of 1001 châteauxMany of them can be found along the back roads of Périgord. They can only be discovered by getting 'lost' in the little-known villages of the Vézère valley, or thanks to events such as Châteaux en fête.

However, some of the castle's owners have decided to open it up to visitors and welcome lovers of the past. For aficionados of the Middle Ages, the Commarque castle reopens its doors at the start of Spring and organises an egg hunt over the Easter weekend. Visit Losse castle can also be visited in the spring, as can many of the tourist sites that have lain dormant for part of the winter.

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