The Dordogne has stunning medieval castles, historical villages and towns, and the famous prehistoric caves of the UNESCO listed Vezere Valley to enjoy, each of them set in the attractive landscapes of the region, with rivers, forests and beautiful countryside, so it is no surprise that the Dordogne is one of the most popular destinations in France!

You will certainly come back again!

The Dordogne is one of our favourite departments in France, and because there is so much variety the main challenge is knowing where to start when visting the highlights. Note that the Dordogne area is quite large, perhaps two hours drive from north to south and a similar distance east to west, even more if the places are not close to the larger roads, so you are unlikely to see everything in one visit – no problem though, because you will certainly want to come back again!

Four times Perigord

In the Perigord Noir you will find many of the most famous castles, towns and villages of the Dordogne region, many in spectacular locations, and with fascinating histories to tell – but you will also find more tourists and busier roads, especially in high season. In the south-west you will find the Perigord Purple, as well as well known medieval towns such as Bergerac, Monpazier and Belves.

In the northern Dordogne you will discover the Perigord Vert and Perigord Blanc. Less visited than the southern parts of the Dordogne department, the north also has its share of market towns and castles, beautiful scenery and picturesque villages, including Perigueux, ‘capital’ of the Dordogne. Part of these northern areas fall within the Perigord-Limousin Natural Regional Park.

Perigueux is an important regional centre with an imposing byzantine cathedral and interesting medieval town. North of Perigueux, Brantome is a town and abbey in a particularly lovely setting on the Dronne River and you can also visit Bourdeilles, and the castle around which the pretty village developed, which make for a lovely stroll in the northern Dordogne.

Other towns include Nontron, a quiet town to the south of the Natural Regional Park of Perigord-Limousin; Thiviers, renowned for being the foie gras capital of the northern Dordogne; Riberac, a quiet town well known for its important regional market; and the market town of Excideuil.T his region is quite different in character to the ‘central’ Dordogne and provides a quite different visitor experience, with less major sights but more peace and quiet. Lovely region to unwind!

Favourite getaway

Few regions sum up the attractions of France better than the Dordogne. With its rich food, heady history, château-studded countryside and picturesque villages, the Dordogne has long been a favourite getaway for French families on les grandes vacances. It’s also famous for having some of France’s finest prehistoric cave art, which fill the caverns and rock shelters of the Vézère Valley.

The campsite

Juliette found a beautiful and very comfortable Château-campsite for you which fully meets its high demands: campsite Château le Verdoyer.

-Campsite Château Le Verdoyer   
Champs Romain – Périgord Vert (Noord-Dordogne)