Discover the Dordogne

The Dordogne is both the name of the river and of the department. Whether you walk through the small authentic French villages, enjoy all the luxury in a city like Périgueux, visit a flea market, or one of the 1000 castles, the surroundings will continuously surprise you. The diversity in the Dordogne is enormous. There is no less than 556 km of river on which you can canoe, more than 190 monuments to visit, 70 museums, 2000 water mills, and 32 parks with beautiful gardens for you. For those with an interest in wine and gastronomy, the Dordogne is an absolute paradise.

The Dordogne-Périgord

The Dordogne

The Dordogne-Périgord region has no large metropoles, but is instead characterized by many smaller towns and authentic villages, each with its own character. We listed a few that you should not miss.

Périgueux, the department's capital, proudly boasts a blend of Gallo-Roman remains, medieval dwellings, Renaissance houses, and modern architecture. Its exceptional architectural heritage has earned it the esteemed title of "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire." Similar to Périgueux are Sarlat and Bergerac, the latter of which owes its fame to the fine wines that come from there, and of course Cyrano de Bergerac.

In the historical center of Sarlat – the town with the most protected monuments in Europe (253 buildings and 77 monuments) – you can still imagine yourself in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance.

The towns of Brantôme-en-Périgord (a Petite Cité de Caractère) in the valley of the Dronne, which is also called the 'Green Venice of the Périgord', and Nontron in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional Périgord Limousin, known for its artisanal knives, are well worth a visit.

The list of charming villages is even longer. Besides Brantôme-en-Périgord, the bastide village of Saint-Aulaye-Puymangou, in the valley of the Dronne, is also worth a visit. As are the fortified village of Excideuil, on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin, and medieval Saint-Cyprien, in the valley of the Dordogne.

Immerse yourself in the ambiance of these exceptional towns and villages, each offering a distinct journey through time and heritage.

The most beautiful villages

Of all the French departments, the Dordogne has the largest number of villages with the designation 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France': no less than ten!

These remarkable villages are restored medieval or fortified settlements, carefully preserving their ancient character and charm.

Route des Vin

Route des Vin

For wine enthusiasts, the Dordogne offers a lot of great wines to explore. Take your car, bike, camper, or motor and follow the ‘route des vin’. You can visit the vineyards of Pécharmant, Monbazillac, Montravel, and many more AOCs off Bergerac and taste the wine. Just one hour drive away from Les Rocailles you will be in the world-renowned Bordeaux region.

1001 Castles

There are more than 1.000 castles in the Dordogne. Many can be visited. Some say the Castelnaud Castle is the most beautiful in the area.

Sports enthusiasts welcome

Sport in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is heaven for sports enthusiasts, offering a multitude of opportunities for adventure. Mountain bikers will find paradise among the picturesque landscapes, while canoeists can enjoy the 556 km of river. Hikers can explore over 600 scenic routes and golfers can tee off on any of the ten courses, ranging from 9 to 27 holes. Additionally, on horseback there is much to discover in the Dordogne.

Historic cities

There are many historic cities in the Dordogne. Nearby Les Rocailles you can visit Bergerac. At 70 km is the beautiful city of Sarlat de Canada, it is considered as the pearl of the Dordogne. Furthermore we can recommand; Belvès, Eymet and Périgueux.

Visit the markets

In the neighborhood of Les Rocailles, numerous markets await your visit throughout the week. These marketplaces offer local products as well as selections of secondhand goods.