The Dordogne: Places to Explore
Yes, this is the Bergerac of Cyrano de Bergerac fame—but not exactly. The real satirist and playwright Cyrano (1619–55), who inspired Edmond Rostand's long-nosed swashbuckler, was born in...
One of the most picturesque sights in the Dordogne is the medieval castle that sits atop the wonderfully restored town of Beynac.
Dominated by the graceful Château de Biron, this time-burnished town offers a glimpse of life in the past lane.
Less touristy and populated than most of the Dordogne, the Lot Valley has a subtler charm. The clustered towns lining the eponymous river and smaller waterways that cut through the dry,...
Stunning views aside, the cliff-top village of Domme offers a hefty dose of history. Some of its fortified walls and doors, dating back to 1280, are still standing; and the Porte des Tours still...
The reason to come to Hautefort is its castle, which presents a forbiddingly arrogant face to the world.
Across the Dordogne from Domme, in the direction of Beynac, one of the best-restored villages in the valley is huddled romantically beneath a cliff. Crafts shops line its narrow streets, dominated...
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Lascaux is one of the world's great galleries of Paleolithic art, a mysterious remnant that scientists still debate the meaning of. Although the actual...
Sitting comfortably under a limestone cliff, Les Eyzies is the doorway to the prehistoric capital of France. Early Homo sapiens (the species to which we humans belong) lived about 40,000 years ago,...
The hilltop village of Monbazillac provides spectacular views of the sweet-wine–producing vineyards tumbling toward the Dordogne River.
Built in ocher-color stone by English king Edward I in 1284 to protect the southern flank of his French possessions, Monpazier, on the tiny Dropt River, ranks among "Les Plus Beaux Villages de...
For anyone tired of bucolic delights, even a short visit to the region’s capital can provide a restorative urban fix. Since Périgueux is the commercial center of the Périgord, the shops here...
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...
Tucked among hills adorned with corn and wheat, Sarlat is a well-preserved medieval town that has managed to retain some of its true character, despite the hordes of visitors. The end of the...
Poised on the edge of a cliff 330 feet up, sublime St-Cirq (pronounced san-seer) looks as though it could slide right into the Lot River. Traversing steep paths and alleyways among flower-filled...
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