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The Dordogne Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Dordogne Vacation

Want to smile happily ever after? Linger in a fantasyland full of castles, cliff-top châteaux, and storybook villages? Join the club. Since the 1990s the Dordogne region has ranked among the hottest destinations in France. Formerly one of those off-the-beaten-path areas, it's now in danger of getting four-starred, boutiqued, and postcarded to death, but scratch the surface and you

can still find one of the most authentic and appealing regions of rural France.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Fantastic food Périgord truffles, foie gras, walnuts, plums, and myriad species of mushrooms jostle for attention on restaurant menus here—and the goose-liver pâté is as good as it gets.
  2. Rock stars Lascaux is like the Louvre of Paleolithic art, and millions have witnessed prehistory writ large on its spectacularly painted cave walls.
  3. Religious Rocamadour Climb toward heaven up the towering cliff to place St-Amadour's seven chapels and you might be transported to a better place.
  4. Sarlat's Cité Médiévale Feast your eyes on Sarlat's honey-color houses and 16th-century streets, and then just feast at the hundred or so wine and foie gras shops.
  5. Versailles in the sky A dizzying 400 feet above the Dordogne River, the Jardin de Marqueyssac is a glorious garden with a 3-km (2-mile) maze of topiaries, parterres, and hedges.

When To Go

When to Go

The Dordogne has a temperate climate, but it's not Provence. Because this is France’s third-largest département, local differences abound—wi...

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