If you are in search of old buildings and traditional villages, you will be in your element strolling through the typical narrow streets of our “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, discovering our bastide towns, or visiting Périgueux or Sarlat, both of which are officially recognised “Towns of Art and History”.
The Dordogne is renowned for its beautiful villages, 10 of which are officially recognized “Most Beautiful Villages in France” – along with the Aveyron, the Dordogne has the largest number of these villages in the country. Situated 20km from Sarlat, Saint-Amand-de-Coly nestles between two wooded valleys and is famous for its 12C abbey. At the other side of the département, in the Périgord Vert, Saint-Jean-de-Côle’s history is linked with that of the Château de la Marthonie which dominates its main square, while the typical small commune of Saint-Léon-sur- Vézère between Montignac and Les Eyzies boasts no fewer than three castles. Other villages include Limeuil (overlooking the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère), Monpazier, La-Roque-Gageac, Belvès, Domme, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and Beynac-et-Cazenac.
Although the Périgord’s villages are already popular with holidaymakers, you should not overlook the département’s three main towns, Sarlat, Périgueux and Bergerac, which are also full of charm and interesting sights.