With a landscape peppered by chateaux, forests, gardens, medieval towns, picturesque villages, rivers and caves, it’s easy to understand why Dordogne is one of France’s best-loved regions. There are just so many things to do, eat and discover in this rural idyll of south-west France you’d be hard pressed to fit it all in in a months of Sundays.
So to save you from fretting about missing out, the Oliver’s Travels team have filtered through the very best of the region and selected the top four must-see sights you should visit in Dordogne.
1. Lascaux Caves
With paintings estimated to be over 17,300 years old, the caves of Lascaux aren’t only an incredible experience and beautiful in themselves, but also provide a detailed look at the beginnings of civilisation.
Unfortunately, the caves are no longer open to the public due to the huge number of tourists having an adverse effect on the paintings, but the good news is a multi-million pound visitors centre is in the works.
2. Périgueux Market
Perigueux is a Gallo-Roman city that dates back to the 16th Century B.C. Its Roman remains and renaissance architecture are a must see, but perhaps the city’s main asset is its covered market – a must for gourmets from across the globe!
3. Dordogne River
The Dordogne is a river of stunning beauty and tranquility, and a trek along its boarders offers a wealth of incredible sights and medieval wonders. At nearly 500km in length there’s plenty to see, including cliffs, lakes and expansive orchards.
4. ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’
Dordogne is said to have the most beautiful villages in France, which is a pretty bold claim but a perfectly true one. It’s easy to see why when you visit Sarlat (pictured above) or Domme, which feature remarkably beautiful historical architecture mainly from the Renaissance era, all set in a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.
Where to Stay in Dordogne
At Oliver’s Travels we have a great selection of luxury villas and chateaux throughout Dordogne, allowing you to fully experience the region while staying in a truly sumptuous setting. Start now browsing through our complete list of chateau rentals in Dordogne.