In our series devoted to villages, we invite you to discover little by little the 149 most beautiful villages in France. For this second opus, we have chosen to highlight the most beautiful villages of Dordogne. In this department, ten villages are classified among The most beautiful villages in France. A concentration record shared with the Aveyron.
Situated in the New Aquitaine region, the Dordogne owes its name to the watercourse which crosses it and which makes its beauty so unique. For lovers of nature and history, the Dordogne is an ideal destination. You will be amazed by the verdant Dordogne valley, the calm it exudes and the many witnesses to the history that dot this territory. Discover in these lines the most beautiful villages of Dordogne.
A thousand-year-old history
Castles and large historic buildings can be discovered at the bend of the paths. AT Saint-Jean-de-Cole, do not miss the XNUMXth century priory and the Château de la Marthonie. Continue your journey at Saint-Leon-sur-Vézère. Remains from all eras, from prehistoric times to contemporary times, tell the rich history of the place. AT Monpazier it is the Hundred Years' War and the wars of religion that have marked history. AT Belvès, in the heart of the Périgord Noir, the view over the Nauze valley is unforgettable.
A preserved nature
In Dordogne, green is king. The rivers that cross it make this territory a rich place with preserved biodiversity. Peregrine falcon, European genet, white-legged crayfish, ash blotter, aurochs and great egrets can be seen in the middle of forests, fields or along waterways. To fully admire the site, why not take to the skies by booking a hot air balloon ride to fly over Beynac-et-cazenac or Sarlat, and thus afford a landscape worthy of a postcard.
Slow tourism and sweetness of life
To immerse yourself in the more contemporary history of the place, it is possible to sail the route from Bergerac to Bordeaux, once used by boats dedicated to the transport of goods. For hiking enthusiasts, the trails crisscross the hillsides and lead travelers on foot or by bicycle to discover the famous castles of Périgord. These guards watch over the Dordogne valley. AT La Roque-Gageac, the XNUMXth century troglodyte fort is a treasure to be discovered. AT Saint-amand-de-coly, the Château de la Grande Filolie rises proudly above the village. At the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, Limeuil is part of the Pays des Bastides et Cités medieval.
The most beautiful villages of Dordogne and the culinary art
Enjoying the Dordogne also means savoring local products. The farmers, restaurateurs and artisans of Dumb and Castelnaud Aachen open their doors to allow the curious to discover their know-how and the culture of the Dordogne. Geese and duck farms, traditional markets and artisan shops have made the reputation of the place. The Périgourdins are also known for their warm welcome and hospitality.
It seems that “Dordogne Périgord is gold”! Do not wait any longer to let yourself be fulfilled by this promise ...