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Périgord Blanc travel guide

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Visit Périgord Blanc (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)

Périgord Blanc is the central part of the Dordogne department, from Montpon-Ménestérol in the west to Sorges and Thenon in the north-east. The region broadly follows the course of the Isle river, and its subsidiary, the Auvezère.

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France This Way comment: although it is less visited and has less important attractions than the other regions of Périgord, Périgord Blanc includes the beautiful city of Périgueux among its highlights

The region takes its name from a plateau of white chalk rock in the north of the Périgord Blanc area, that is traditionally used to build the houses in most of the region. The plateau itself is in the Périgord Vert region around Riberac, to the north-west of Perigord Blanc. The countryside throughout the area is a mix of small woodlands and more open areas of fields.

The principal places of interest in Perigord Blanc include:

Excideuil

Excideuil

On the furthest limit in the north-east of Perigord Blanc, Excideuil is a market town with an interesting historic centre around its church

See Excideuil travel guide

Issac

Issac

Issac is a small village with an ancient tower in its picturesque centre

See Issac travel guide

Mussidan

Mussidan

Close to the Trans European motorway Mussidan is a market town with a museum of crafts and traditions to visit

See Mussidan travel guide

Neuvic sur l'Isle

Neuvic sur l'Isle

Neuvic sur l'Isle is a small town with a chateau, the Chateau de Neuvic, that can be visited in the summer.

See Neuvic sur l'Isle travel guide

Perigueux

Perigueux

The town of Perigueux is one of our favourite historic towns in the Dordogne, with an extensive and pretty historic centre and a remarkable byzantine cathedral among its highlights

See Perigueux travel guide and Perigueux cathedral visitor guide

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Saint-Astier

Saint-Astier

Saint-Astier is a quiet town in the centre of the Perigord Blanc, with a striking Chapter House and some attractive half-timber houses in its centre. A pleasant riverside platform looks out over a weir and an arched stone bridge built in 1830.

See Saint-Astier travel guide

Sorges

Sorges

A village in the north-east of Perigord Blanc with a pretty church that is known for its truffles. In Sorges you can visit a small museum that explains the importance an history of truffles in the village. Garden enthusiasts can visit the Jardin de Le Bouquet, and n extensiv garden with numerous gardens featuring clipped box hedges in various shapes and patterns.

See Sorges travel guide and Le Bouquet garden visitor guide

Tourtoirac

Tourtoirac

Tourtoirac is a village in the east of the region, with a 12th century abbey church, a picturesque riverside and also a cave system to visit

See Tourtoirac travel guide

Villamblard

Villamblard

To the south-west of the Perigord Blanc region and north of Bergerac, Villamblard is a small and traditional market town, in pretty countryside and with several very small but picturesque villages nearby.

See Villamblard travel guide

Attractions nearby

Many places of interest are situated just outside or on the edges of the Perigord Blanc area. These include:

See also: 

Map of Périgord Blanc and places nearby

 
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Visit near Périgord Blanc with France This Way reviews

Excideuil

Excideuil

The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most important castles in the region

Excideuil guide
Issac

Issac

Issac is a pretty village with a 15th century tower and a Romanesque church.

Issac guide
Le Bouquet

Le Bouquet

The Jardin du Bouquet is a large park containing 50 different gardens of clipped box formed into different geometric patterns.

Le Bouquet guide
Mussidan

Mussidan

Mussidan is a small town on the confluence of the rivers Isle and Crempse in the Dordogne.

Mussidan guide
Neuvic sur l'Isle

Neuvic sur l'Isle

Neuvic is a small town with a chateau, the Chateau de Neuvic which is open for visits in the summer.

Neuvic sur l'Isle guide
Perigueux

Perigueux

One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval old town to explore

Perigueux guide
Perigueux cathedral

Perigueux cathedral

The cathedral in Perigueux combines roman and byzantine elements to create a most unusual - and impressive - building

Perigueux cathedral guide
Saint-Astier

Saint-Astier

Saint Astier is a small town in the Dordogne with an attractive riverside setting.

Saint-Astier guide
Sorges

Sorges

Sorges is a village in the Dordogne renowned for its truffles and has an ecomuseum dedicated to the history and cultivation of truffles.

Sorges guide
Tourtoirac

Tourtoirac

The small village of Tourtoirac has a church and river walk as well as a cave system to visit

Tourtoirac guide
Villamblard

Villamblard

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

Villamblard guide

The French version of this page is at Périgord Blanc (Francais)

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