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The department of the Dordogne is found in South-West of France and forms part of the Aquitaine region.

Thanks to this advantageous position, the area is blessed with a particularly temperate climate, making it a pleasant place to be in any season.

The region owes its name to the Dordogne River, once famous as the frontier between the French and English during the Hundred Years’ War. It also boasts another title, “Périgord”, the name of the former province.

The geography and natural resources of Périgord make it a beautiful, unspoiled region rich in history and wildlife, and the newly created Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin aims to conserve it as such.

perigord colorsPérigord is divided into four regions, the Périgord Noir (Black), the Périgord Blanc (White), the Périgord Vert (Green) and the Périgord Pourpre (Purple).

The Périgord Noir is the most famous and most visited of the four Périgords, it is located in the South- East of the Dordogne Department around the great valleys of the Dordogne and the Vézère and it is recognized worldwide for the wealth of the prehistoric remains.

With its richly varied past, the Dordogne possesses more historic monuments than any other region outside Paris. The Vézère Valley is home to some of the richest historical sites in Europe, including prestigious sites, famous Caves such as Lascaux and natural rock shelters. Fifteen of these decorated sites are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Dordogne Valley has a concentration of the most beautiful buildings of the Middle ages and the Renaissance, including castles perched on the rock, villages full of character (10 of which are officially listed among the “Plus beaux villages de France” (France’s Most Beautiful Villages) and   of course, renowned towns such as Sarlat and Périgueux, officially classified as a “Ville d’art et d’Histoire” (Town of Art and History).

sarlat town

The Périgord is also envied the world over for the splendors of its traditional gastronomy. High-quality products used in the preparation of its local cuisine include foie gras, other duck- and goose-based ingredients, the famous black truffles of the Périgord, chestnuts, walnuts (which have been awarded their own Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) label), and Périgord strawberries, not forgetting the wines of Bergerac (13 of which are AOC), produced from top grape varieties on land that neighbors the “grands crus classés” of Bordeaux and the sweet wine of  Mombazillac, perfect for accompany foie gras.


We are delighted to welcome you and share the “treasures” of Périgord Noir.

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