When many people think of France, they picture the beauty and culture of the great city of Paris or perhaps one of the country’s other large cities, all cultural meccas and filled with sites of historic and cultural significance however, France, like most countries, is much more than just its most well known regions. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Dordogne. A beautiful cultural destination filled with quaint villages, beautiful countryside and thousands of years of history, this region is filled with some of the most famous sites in the country to its residents. While still lesser known to the average traveler, this region is one that simply must not be missed. From prehistoric cave art to cities built in rock outcroppings, this region is truly a site to behold.
Divided into regions, this region has been color coded by the French based on its natural offerings:
- White or Perigord Blanc – For the white limestone cliffs
- Purple or Perigord Pourpre – For the wine growing
- Green or Perigord Vert – For the dense forested regions
- Black or Perigord Noir – For the dark oaken forests
Situated in southwestern France between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley, the region is named after the great Dordogne river which runs through it. As previously mentioned, the history of this region dates back to the times when four tribes inhabited the area. Referred to as the Perigourdins, it is from these groups that the region’s names are derived. While this part of history does play an integral role in what to see and do in the region today, it is but a taste of all there is to see and do. There are so many sights located within the region that are must see destinations, it is hard to choose what to see and what to skip. From the famous Lascaux Caves and the Chateau Castelnaud to the capital city of Perigueux, take a closer look at just a few of the amazing sights and destinations you may want to consider on a trip to Dorgogne.
Les Eyzies – As seen in the video, Les Eyzies is the center of prehistory in the region and is a great place to begin your journey back in time in the Dordogne region. From the National Prehistory Museum to the Font de Gaume and of course the Les Eyzies caves, visitors should plan a day or longer to explore this area.
La Roque Saint-Christophe – The ancient remains of a troglodyte town can be found here. Used as a shelter by prehistoric man tens of thousands of years ago, the town occupies an impressive site in terms of size and structure. From the moment you enter to the moment you leave, you are transported to a world long ago. From medieval history to the ancient past, this site has a little bit of everything.
Caves – There are hundreds of caves accessible to you when you visit the region. From the Gouffre de Padirac to the Abri du Cap Blanc, these are some of the most significant cave sites in the world today.
Central Dordogne near Sarlat is a wonderful region to explore for the lovers of all things garden. Marqueyssac gardens is a popular garden which is one of the regions most popular for all travelers young and old.
Les Jardins d’Eryignac is another beautiful garden, this one much more formal. Made up of pines and cypress this garden is less about flowers and more about trees.
Les Jardins Panoramique de Limeuil – For a garden with a view, check out this lovely garden.
Whether exploring history and ancient civilizations or out for a walk in the garden, there is always something amazing to see or do in the Dordogne region of France.
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