The Dordogne: Places to Explore


  • Bergerac

    Yes, this is the Bergerac of Cyrano de Bergerac fame—but not exactly. The real satirist and playwright Cyrano (1619–55) who inspired playwright Edmond Rostand's long-nosed swashbuckler was born in Paris... Read more

  • Beynac-et-Cazenac

    One of the most picturesque sights in the Dordogne is the medieval castle that sits atop the wonderfully restored town of Beynac.... Read more

  • Biron

  • Brantôme

    When the reclusive monks of the abbey of Brantôme decided the inhabitants of the village were getting too inquisitive, they dug a canal between themselves and the villagers, setting the brantômois adrift... Read more

  • Cahors

    Less touristy and populated than most of the Dordogne, the Lot Valley has a subtler charm. The cluster of towns along the Lot River and the smaller rivers that cut through the dry, vineyard-covered plateau... Read more

  • Domme

  • Hautefort

    The reason to come to Hautefort is its castle, which presents a forbiddingly arrogant face to the world.... Read more

  • La Roque-Gageac

    Across the Dordogne from Domme, in the direction of Beynac, romantically huddled beneath a cliff, is strikingly attractive La Roque-Gageac, one of the best-restored villages in the valley. Crafts shops... Read more

  • Lascaux

  • Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Sitting comfortably under a limestone cliff, Les Eyzies is the doorway to the prehistoric capital of France. Early Homo sapiens (the species to which humans belong) lived about 40,000 years ago and skeletal... Read more

  • Monbazillac

    From the hilltop village of Monbazillac are spectacular views of the sweet wine-producing vineyards tumbling toward the Dordogne River.... Read more

  • Monpazier

    Monpazier, on the tiny Dropt River, is one of France's best-preserved and most photographed bastide (fortified) towns. It was built in ocher-color stone by English king Edward I in 1284 to protect the... Read more

  • Périgueux

    For anyone tired of the bucolic delights of the Périgord, even a short visit to this thriving hub may prove a welcome reimmersion in classy city ways.... Read more

  • Rocamadour

    A medieval village that seems to defy the laws of gravity, Rocamadour surges out of a cliff 1,500 feet above the Alzou River gorge—an awe-inspiring sight that makes this one of the most-visited tourist... Read more

  • Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Sarlat defines enchantment. If you're planning a trip to the many prehistoric caves and the amazing perched villages near this gorgeous town, then this capital of the Périgord Noir is the place to stay... Read more

  • St-Cirq-Lapopie

    Perched on the edge of a cliff 330 feet up, the beautiful 13th-century village of St-Cirq (pronounced san-sare) looks as though it could slide right into the Lot River. Filled with artisans' workshops... Read more