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 travel guide


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 interest

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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 favourite towns!

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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 castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit

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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 recommended

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photo of Brantome

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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Brantome Abbey

photo of Brantome Abbey

Brantome Abbey is an impressive abbey with troglodyte caves in the beautiful town of Brantome.

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Cabanes du Breuil

photo of 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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Cadouin abbey

photo of Cadouin abbey

Cadouin abbey was built in the 12th century in the roman style

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Cadouin abbey cloisters

photo of 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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photo of Carlux

Carlux is a pretty village with the ruins of a castle in its centre.

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photo of Carsac-Aillac

Carsac-Aillac is home to the Jardins d'eau de Carsac and also has a lovely romanesque church.

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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 in the region

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Chateau de Beynac

photo of Chateau de Beynac

High on a clifftop and beautifully restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region

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Chateau de Biron

photo of 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 Bourdeilles

photo of Chateau de Bourdeilles

The Chateau de Bourdeilles consists of a medieval defensive castle and a Renaissance castle in the pretty village of Bourdeilles.

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Chateau de Bridoire

photo of Chateau de Bridoire

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

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Chateau de Castelnaud

photo of Chateau de Castelnaud

The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults nd children

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Chateau de Commarque

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The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and opened to the public.

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Chateau de Fenelon

photo of Chateau de Fenelon

The chateau de Fenelon is half medieval and half renaissance, and sited in an imposing elevated position in the Dordogne

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Chateau de Hautefort

photo of 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

photo of 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 Lanquais

photo of Chateau de Lanquais

The Chateau de Lanquais - sometimes called the Louvre of the Perigord - combines medieval and renaissance architecture

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Chateau de Losse

photo of 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

photo of Chateau de Montfort

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

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Chateau de Puyguilhem

photo of Chateau de Puyguilhem

Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style castle

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Chateau de Puymartin

photo of Chateau de Puymartin

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesting destination

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Chateau des Milandes

photo of Chateau des Milandes

The beautifully restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker

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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 across the river and countryside

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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 important castles in the region

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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 river

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photo of Font-de-Gaume

The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the public can still see original cave paintings

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Grotte de Rouffignac

photo of Grotte de Rouffignac

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammoths

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photo of Issigeac

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

photo of Jardins de Marqueyssac

The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine

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La Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe

photo of La Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe

The musée de la rue du temps qui passe is an atmospheric step back to the 1870 to 1940 years.

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La Roque-Gageac

photo of La Roque-Gageac

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.

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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 type in France

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Lascaux caves

photo of 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 Bouquet

photo of Le Bouquet

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

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Le Bugue

photo of 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

photo of Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monuments of the Vezere Valley

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Les Jardins d'eau

photo of Les Jardins d'eau

The Jardins d'eau in Carsac-Aillac is a stunning water garden with a lovely water labyrinth.

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Les Jardins de Cadiot

photo of Les Jardins de Cadiot

The Jardins de Cadiot is a pretty garden in the Dordogne Valley near to Sarlat.

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Les Jardins de Sardy

photo of 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 Vezere and Dordogne rivers join

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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 hall

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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 old town to explore

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Perigueux cathedral

photo of Perigueux cathedral

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

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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 Prats-du-Perigord

Prats-du-Perigord is a small village with an impressive fortified church in the south-east of the Dordogne department

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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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Saint Vincent de Cosse

photo of Saint Vincent de Cosse

Saint Vincent de Cosse is a charming village with some beautiful houses and rural architecture.

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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 are exploring the region

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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 in the Dordogne

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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. Highly recommended!

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photo of Sorges

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

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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 Imagination

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The Grotte du Grand Roc

photo of The Grotte du Grand Roc

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

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The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

photo of The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a colourful garden in the Dordogne valley near La Roque Gageac.

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The Jardins de l'Albarede

photo of The Jardins de l'Albarede

The Jardins de l'Albarede is an attractive garden surrounded by wooded hills in the Dordogne department.

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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 countryside

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photo of Tourtoirac

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

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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 far-reaching views across the river

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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 unspoiled bastide town

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Vitrac and Vitrac Port

photo of Vitrac and Vitrac Port

Vitrac is a quiet village next to Vitrac Port which has a river beach and various facilities.

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For more information see the Dordogne 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

Tourist attractions to visit in Dordogne

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: Tourist guide

Jardins de l'Imaginaire

Jardins de la Bourlie

Jardins de Marqueyssac: Tourist guide

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: Tourist guide

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