Dordogne places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Dordogne department of Aquitaine. See also our Dordogne guide.

Dordogne sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Beaumont-du-Perigord


The traditional bastide town of Beaumont-du-Perigord is an interesting contrast to the nearby village of Monpazier [...]

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photo of Belves


Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of [...]

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photo of Bergerac


Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favour [...]

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photo of Beynac


One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne ca [...]

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photo of Biron


Biron is a picturesque village with an ancient church and an imposing castle, and far-reaching views [...]

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photo of Bourdeilles


Close to Brantome, the Chateau de Bourdeilles is quite modest compared with some in the region but a visit is still [...]

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In an idyllic setting on the Isle River and with an imposing abbey, Brantome is a very enjoyable town to explore [...]

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Cabanes du Breuil

The Cabanes du Breuil are ancient farm buildings made from dry stone in the heart of the Dordogne [...]

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photo of Cadouin


Cadouin is a small village best known for its medieval abbey, an important pilgrimage destination [...]

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photo of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle


Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle i [...]

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Chateau de Beynac

High on a clifftop and beautifuly restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region [...]

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Chateau de Biron

The Chateau de Biron is a perfect way to discover the history and countryside of the southern Dordogne [...]

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Chateau de Castelnaud

The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults [...]

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Chateau de Commarque

The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and o [...]

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Chateau de Hautefort

At Chateau de Hautefort you can see a vey imposing castle and also extensive and carefuly maintaind garden [...]

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Chateau de Jumilhac

The Chateau de Jumilhac is in the northern Dordogn, within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park [...]

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Chateau de Losse

Close to Montignac, the Chateau de Losse is an interesting castle that also has very pretty gardens [...]

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Chateau de Montfort

Close to Sarlat, the Chateau de Montfort is an imposing setting above the river - but unfortunately not open to the [...]

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Chateau de Puyguilhem

Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style ca [...]

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Chateau de Puymartin

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesti [...]

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Chateau des Milandes

The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz [...]

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photo of Daglan


Daglan is a small village in the south of the Dordogne department on the river Céou [...]

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photo of Domme


The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views acr [...]

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photo of Excideuil


The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne, has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most [...]

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photo of Eymet


The bastide town of Eymet,south of Bergerac, has some lovely medieval houses and an attractive seting on the Dropt [...]

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The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the publi can still see original cave painting [...]

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Grotte de Rouffignac

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammouths [...]

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The historic small town of Issigeac has many lovely old houses and the most famous Sunday market in the Dordogne [...]

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Jardins de Marqueyssac

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine [...]

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La Roque-Gageac

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical [...]

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photo of La-Roque-Saint-Christophe


The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their t [...]

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Lascaux caves

The Lascaux Caves are famous worldwide because of the large number of prehistoric cave paintings to be seen [...]

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photo of Laugerie-Basse


Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne [...]

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Le Bugue

The town of Le Bugue, on the Dordogne river banks, is very well situated to explore the region [...]

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Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies itself is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monument [...]

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Les Jardins de Sardy

The Jardins de Sardy to the wet of Bergerac are one of our favourite gardens to visit in the region [...]

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photo of Limeuil


Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Veze [...]

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photo of Molieres


Molieres is small but perhaps the best example of an unspoiled bastide town in the region. [...]

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photo of Monbazillac


Monbazillac is home to the Chateau de Monbazillac, famous producer of sweet white wines [...]

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photo of Monpazier


Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France. [...]

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photo of Montcaret


At Montcaret you can visit the archaeological site of a Roman villa to see ancient mosaics [...]

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photo of Montferrand-du-Perigord


The pretty little village of Montferrand-du-Perigord is in a particularly scenic area and has a traditional market [...]

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photo of Montignac


Best known for being close to Lascaux caves, the small town of Montignac is also very attractive [...]

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photo of Nontron


Nontron is a quiet town within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park to the north of the Dordogne [...]

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photo of Perigueux


One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval [...]

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photo of Plazac


The village of Plazac is very small but well worth exploring, and well placed to discover many local highlights [...]

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photo of Riberac


Riberac, a quiet and traditional town, is well known for the large market held here each Friday [...]

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photo of Saint-Amand-de-Coly


The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you ar [...]

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photo of Saint-Avit-Senieur


Saint-Avit-Senieur is dominated by the substantial abbey ruins in the centre of the village [...]

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photo of Saint-Cyprien


Saint-Cyprien village has a very picturesque historic centre and lovely views across the Dordogne region [...]

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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Cole


Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting [...]

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photo of Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere


In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest [...]

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photo of Saint-Pompon


Saint-Pompon, France is a small village to the south of the Dordogne department with an attractive historic centre [...]

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photo of Sarlat


Sarlat is the historic capital of the region, and perhaps the most remarkable and intact historic town in France. H [...]

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photo of Terrasson


The quiet town of Terrasson in the north of the department is best known for the extensive Gardens of the Imaginati [...]

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The Chateau de Bridoire

Visit the Chateau de Bridoire, a medieval chateau with lots of games for all the family. [...]

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photo of The Grotte du Grand Roc

The Grotte du Grand Roc

The Grotte du Grand Roc is a beautiful natural cave system in the Dordogne. [...]

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photo of Thiviers


Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countrysi [...]

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photo of Tremolat


Trémolat is a very small but attractive village, close to the scenic highlight at the Cingle de Tremolat which has [...]

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photo of Villamblard


North of Bergerac, Villamblard is a pleasant town to discover and surrounded by attractive countryside [...]

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photo of Villefranche-du-Perigord


Surrounded by the forests that produce the famous local chestnuts, Villefranche-du-Perigord is a small and unspoile [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Dordogne travel guide

Market towns & days in Dordogne

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Belves: Saturday
Bergerac: Wednesday all day & Saturday all day
Brantome: Friday
Brantome: Monday (high season only)
Domme: Thursday
Excideuil: Thursday
Eymet: Thursday
Issigeac: Sunday
Lalinde: Thursday
Le Bugue: Tuesday
Le Buisson-de-Cadouin: Friday
Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare: Friday
Les Eyzies: Monday all day (high season only)
Lisle: Tuesday
Mareuil: Tuesday
Monpazier: Thursday
Montignac: Wednesday & Saturday
Montpon-Menesterol: Wednesday
Mussidan: Saturday
Perigueux: Wednesday all day & Saturday all day
Piegut-Pluviers: Wednesday
Riberac: Tuesday & Friday
Saint-Astier: Thursday
Saint-Cyprien: Sunday
Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac: Saturday
Sarlat: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Terrasson: Thursday
Thenon: Tuesday
Thiviers: Tuesday (high season only)
Thiviers: Saturday
Tocane-Saint-Apre: Monday &
Vergt: Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Dordogne department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

4* Towns in Bloom

Bergerac: Tourist guide

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Grotte du Grand Roc

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Monpazier: Tourist guide

Perigueux: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin de Conty

Jardin de la Daille

Jardin de Planbuisson

Jardins de l'Albarède

Jardins de l'Imaginaire

Jardins de la Bourlie

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Jardins du château de Caudon

Jardins du château de Hautefort

Jardins du château de Losse

Jardins du château de Montréal

Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac

Jardins du Sardy: Tourist guide

Parc et potager de Pouthet

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Saint Amand de Coly (Saint-Amand-de-Coly)

Abbaye de Saint Martial (Paunat)

Abbaye Notre Dame (Chancelade)

Abbaye Saint Pierre (Brantome)

Ancien Prieuré de Merlande (La Chapelle-Gonaguet)

Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat)

Eglise de Saint Léonce (Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere)

Eglise de Saint-Hilaire et Eglise de Saint-Nicholas (Tremolat)

Eglise de saint-Pierre (Audrix)

Eglise Notre Dame de Faye (Faye)

Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Belves)

Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Thiviers)

Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien)

Eglise Saint Etienne de la Cité (Perigueux)

Eglise Sainte-Croix (Beaumont-du-Perigord)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Nontron: Tourist guide

Sarlat: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Abri de Cap Blanc

Abri of Laugerie-Haute

Chateau de Puyguilhem: Tourist guide

Decorated caves of the Vezere Valley: Tourist guide

Font-de-Gaume: Tourist guide

Montcaret Archaeological site: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Belves: Tourist guide

Beynac: Tourist guide

Domme: Tourist guide

La Roque-Gageac: Tourist guide

Limeuil: Tourist guide

Monpazier: Tourist guide

Saint-Amand-de-Coly: Tourist guide

Saint-Jean-de-Cole: Tourist guide

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin eglise abbatiale (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Perigueux cathédrale Saint Front (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint-Avit Eglise (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Vezere Valley: Tourist guide