The Dordogne Travel Guide
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Entering the Perigord Noir, a trifecta of top Dordogne sights awaits: the cliff-face village of La Roque-Gageac, the prehistoric grottoes of Domme, and the storybook castle at Beynac. Just eastward lies Sarlat, the regional center and a town famed for its half-timber pastoral and medieval vibe. Northward lies the Vézère Valley, the prehistoric capital of France, celebrated for its locales, such as Lascaux, settled by primitive man. Continuing north, you arrive at the bustling city of Périgueux and numerous riverside towns, including historic Brantôme. For three centuries during the Middle Ages, this entire region was a battlefield in the wars between the French and the English. Of the châteaux dotting the area, those at Hautefort and Beynac are among the most spectacular. Robust Romanesque architecture is more characteristically found in this area than the airy Gothic style in view elsewhere in France, and can be admired at Périgueux Cathedral and in countless village churches.
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Things To Do in The Dordogne
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