The Vézère Valley, a floral destination
The Dordogne is an area with a rural heritage, marked by a wide variety of landscapes, from valleys and vineyards to limestone plateaus and large forest areas. A land of history and culture, the Périgord department offers an outstanding natural environment. In 2020, the Dordogne department was awarded the "Département fleuri" label.
The Vézère Valley is not to be outdone, as four villages have been awarded the "Villes et villages fleuris" label. In these four villages, you will find a charming setting, a protected heritage, parks and gardens to discover, as well as events on the theme of gardens and gardening.
- Fanlac - Villes et villages fleuris 1 flower : picturesque and authentic village with high gabled houses covered with stone tiles, made famous by the film of Eugène le Roy's novel "Jacquou le Croquant
- Limeuil - Villes et villages fleuris 2 fleurs : village classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, on the banks of a river, at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère. Limeuil is situated on a rocky promontory, the historic village centre welcomes you in a medieval atmosphere with its steep streets and its craftsmen. At its summit, the panoramic gardens of Limeuil (fee payable).
- Les Eyzies - Villes & villages fleuris 1 fleur : village which presents itself as "World Capital of Prehistory". It is important to note that local tourism was born from the first archaeological discoveries. The National Museum of Prehistory is located in Les Eyzies in an exceptional natural area.
- Saint Léon sur Vézère - Villes et villages fleuris 1 fleur : a picturesque village nestled in a loop of the Vézère river and classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Dominated by the Côte de Jor, it has the typical charm and authenticity of the medieval villages of the Périgord Noir, with its warm golden stones, its stone roofs, the maze of its couredoux (narrow streets) and the presence of the river.
In 2018/2019, in the Dordogne departmental competition, the following villages were also recognised
- Plazac : 1st prize for town with -1000 inhabitants (2019)
- Le Bugue : 2nd prize for towns with 1000-5000 inhabitants (2018)
More information :
Label villes et villages fleuris (Floral towns and villages label)
Villes et villages fleuris en Dordogne (Towns and villages in flower in the Dordogne)