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Siorac-en-Perigord is a peaceful village in the Dordogne which is well situated to visit both the main attractions of the Dordogne valley and the many prehistoric sites of the Vezere valley.

It is situated between Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin and Saint-Cyprien on the Dordogne river.

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France This Way review: Siorac-en-Perigord is a quiet village but well-positioned to explore the highlights of the Dordogne and the Vezere Valley.

A medieval castle and the Saint-Peter's church were built in Siorac-en-Perigord in the 1100s. The castle fell to ruins and was rebuilt as a private residence. 


Saint Peter's church was destroyed in the Hundred Years War and rebuilt in Gothic style. It was then burnt down by the troops of the Viscount de Turenne and repaired in the 17th century.

Inside the church are four chapels which were created as burial sites for the four lords of Siorac. The bell tower houses three bells the oldest dating from 1764.

The current castle of Siorac occupies a commanding position overlooking the river. It was built in the 17th century on the site of a previous Noble lair which was destroyed in the Wars of Religion.

The castle has an attractive Mansard roof which is fairly typical of the region and has two different slopes on each side.


The castle is home to a Museum of Culinary Arts from the 15th to the 19th century and is open by appointment only. It is also home to the mairie.

A walk around the village reveals lovely pale stone houses with wooden shutters and steep perigordine roofs. There is an attractive hotel and an auberge and it is possible to stop for lunch and enjoy the sunshine and quiet atmosphere of the village.

If you walk down the village to the river there is an impressive stone bridge. This was built in the late 19th century on the site of previous bridges that were washed away in floods. The building of a couple of dams upstream has helped to protect the current bridge.

From from here you can swim in the river or hire a canoe and there is a snack bar too. There is also a 9 hole golf course at Siorac-en-Perigord.

Nearby, on the south side of Siorac, is the Dolmen of Cayre Levra which is near the Cayre Levra road and the hamlet of Cayre Levra.


Attractions nearby

The tourist office of Siorac-en-Perigord can give you details of a couple of walks that head out from the village and also the Circuit of 5 castles to visit in the area and the route of seven wine appellations around Bergerac.

Siorac-en-Perigord is close to Belves which is classified as one of the "most beautiful villages of France" and is also home to a number of troglodyte dwellings which are under the main square of the village.

Another lovely village is Cadouin which is home to Cadouin abbey and a splendid Gothic cloister.

If you develop a taste for swimming in the river there is a popular river beach at nearby Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin and a very pretty river beach at Limeuil which is another 'most beautiful village of France'.

You can find more travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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

Saint-Cyprien guide
Cadouin abbey cloisters

Cadouin abbey cloisters

The cloister attached to the abbey at Cadouin were built in the 15th century and among the most charming in France

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Cadouin abbey

Cadouin abbey

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Address: Siorac-en-Périgord, Belvès, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Aquitaine, 24170, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.8222, longitude 0.9875

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