Dordogne, France

Travelers have long been fascinated with the Dordogne area of France—the languid countryside, and historic remnants of a bygone, idyllic era. The region is famed for its old stone houses, verdant valleys, green meadows, truffles, walnuts and bucolic charm. Though a treasure-trove of historical and culinary delights, it remains off the majority of tourists’ radar.

Most travelers head first to le Perigord noir, the south eastern area of the department. Here is the gorgeous town of Sarlat, the river Dordogne and stunning limestone cliffs. Sarlat is probably the most famous town in all of Dordogne, and the most visited by tourists. This old town is remarkably preserved, with attractive cathedrals, abbeys, cemetaries, gardens, a goose market, town squares, medieval streets—all painted in colors of sand and sunset. The roofs of the houses are uniquely cut in lauze, or flagstone. Lovers of gardens should head to the anglophone Clos des Sources at Vitrac or the box hedge garden of Marqueyssac.

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Fans of history will also delight in Dordogne. Delve into the painted caves of Lascaux, Les Eyzies and Font de Gaume. Strewn throughout the Dordogne are the world’s first cluzeaux, artificial caves, where the Gauls were said to hide during Julius Caesar’s invasion. Head to Beynac for the castle and the Museum of Medieval War.

If time allows, travelers can explore the southern region of Perigord Pourpe, named after the color of the vineyards there. This area is known for its golden-stoned bastides, or fortified market towns. This area was English for a brief time after the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry II.

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There are several small charming towns such as Domme, La Roque Gageac, Brantome, Eymet, Mareuil, and countless cute chambre d’hotes (bnb) and gites (holiday rental accommodation) in which to spend your holiday. Our agents work with professionals with villas and houses to rent for short and long duration.

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Call us today to book your French holiday. Our agents have all traveled in France and have some great insider tips on where to go and what to order. We work with several amazing tour operators, French and American, who know France inside and out! Prefer an independent driving holiday or want a local to show you around? Call us at 503.224.0180 or email

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