Medieval towns and villages, mystical chateaux, winding rivers, unspoilt countryside and ancient caves await you on a holiday in the Dordogne. Situated in the South West region of France, between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley, the Dordogne is named after the River Dordogne that travels through the heart of the area. Its main towns include Bergerac, Sarlat and Brantome. The highlights of a visit to Bergerac, on the northern bank of the Dordogne River, are the Old Town, Maison de Vins de Bergerac and the National Tobacco Museum. The much-visited Sarlat has the Rue de la Republique in the Old Town, Rue de Consuls, a cathedral, and Place de la Liberte to explore. The attractive town of Brantome has a mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire, including a Benedictine abbey, a belfry and the Church of St Peter. Dining out is a pleasure with all the local sourced produce and wines on offer across the Dordogne region. Shopping at one of the many daytime and night markets is fun and the best places to pick up a bargain and local delicacies. With so much to offer in one region, it’s easy to see why holidays in the Dordogne are a popular choice.
There are lots of things to experience during a holiday in the Dordogne. The Parc Aquarium du Perigord du Noir at Le Buque sur Vezere and the Aqua Parc Junior Land in Bergerac will both hit the spot with families. Le Roque St Christophe is home to 100 caves to explore, while the Lescaux Caves at Sarlat have UNESCO world heritage status. The Marqueyssac Gardens enthrall its many visitors. The tiny village of Rocamadour is well worth a visit, with its Black Madonna, churches and basilicas. Golfers can choose from a range of 9hole and 18hole courses across the region. Chateau de Castel Nord is South West Frances most popular castle and houses medieval weaponry and artefacts of historical warfare. Enjoy a wine tasting or vineyard tour in Bergerac.
Dining out is favourite pastime in the evenings in the Dordogne. Bergerac is not known for its lively nightlife, but there are a handful of good bars and clubs to enjoy your evenings with a drink or a dance. Sarlat offers bowling, cinema, pubs and clubs and in the summer months youll come across street shows. There is a disco and many bars and restaurants to enjoy in Brantome.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bistros and brasseries to enjoy during your holiday in the Dordogne. From fresh croissant s with coffee or chocolat chaud for breakfast, to the French cheeses, juicy steaks and fruity wines for dinner, youll not go hungry. The region is also well known for its duck, geese, truffles and walnuts. Bergerac wines, including the renowned Montbazillac dessert wines, are not to be missed.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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