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Castles, caves, countryside and ancient civilisation

Where to go to experience the best the Dordogne has to offer

The Dordogne region is steeped in history, you can take a trip through time, starting from ancient civilisations from the last Ice Age, then stopping off to visit some Roman ruins, then touring medieval castles, experiencing the events of the French Revolution, through the Second World War, right up to today.

Now the Dordogne plays host to visitors all over the world, who not only come to experience the history, but the beautiful rolling countryside, crags and gorges, picturesque villages and of course, the sumptuous cuisine.

There is so much to see and do in this much loved region of France, so here are our recommendations for the must-see sights that you absolutely should visit if you are on a whistle-stop tour.

Chateau de Belcastel
Chateau de Belcastel

Font-de-Gaume

Font-de-Gaume is a cave that contains the most amazing pre-historic cave paintings and engravings. Discovered in 1901, the paintings date from around 17,000 BC and depict mainly animals, such as horses, bison and mammoths. There are other caves in the area including the Lascaux Caves, but this is the only one that is still open to the public. Visitors are limited, so it’s essential to book before you go.

You can visit these caves as part of our Dordogne Exploration Cycling Tour

Dordogne river at La Roque-Gageat
Dordogne river at La Roque-Gageat

Sarlat

Sarlat is a beautiful little medieval town with wonderful golden-coloured buildings and fabulous market. It’s best visited in the spring, and if you catch the early morning sun on the buildings, it’s really a sight to see. One of France’s top architects has restored the church in the centre of the town, and you can take a panoramic lift up through the centre of the bell tower giving you amazing views over the whole town.

You can visit Sarlat as part of our Dordogne Prestige en Vélo Tour.

Rocamadour
Rocamadour

Rocamadour

Rocamadour is a stunning little village which is set on a cliff side, with lots of lovely medieval houses. It’s also an important pilgrimage town, built on the site of a shrine to Madonna and famed for its healing powers. It’s also filled with little chapels, grottoes and other hidden nooks, a fascinating and charming little place to visit.

Of course, there is so much more to see, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s a reason why Dordogne is one the most popular regions to visit in France.

We have a number of holidays to the region, some of which we’ve mentioned above, but there’s plenty more. For more of an idea of what’s on offer, and what areas you can visit, take a look at our destinations guide on the website:

If you would like some advice about arranging a Tour, be it cycling, walking or trekking, we can help you out. We are happy to tailor an itinerary to suit your requirements and give you some ideas on where to go for day trips, places to eat etc. Call us on +44 (0)1580 849 236 or email us for more information.

Where to go to experience the best the Dordogne has to offer

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