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Must-See Marvels of the Dordogne Valley

Our choice of the sights you won’t want to miss off your itinerary…

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What to See and Do in the Dordogne Valley [2]

LASCAUX CAVES

Probably the most legendary attraction the Dordogne Valley has to offer, this collection of 20,000-year-old cave paintings is off-limits to visitors due to conservation efforts, but reconstructed replicas, complete with multimedia technology, are no less compelling.
www.lascaux.fr [3]

120meter Cave Art Gallery
© GROTTE FONT-DE-GAUME

GROTTE DE FONT-DE-GAUME

Although Lascaux’s reconstructions are the most famous, there are other ways to catch a glimpse of authentic cave art. This 120m gallery, in the midst of lush countryside, offers a window into the lives of ancient civilisations.
font-de-gaume.monuments-nationaux.fr [4]

17th Century Chateaux and Gardens
Jardins de Marqueyssac. © CALIPS VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

JARDINS DE MARQUEYSSAC

Those who tend the foliage here are veritable artists, painstakingly preparing maze-like topiary art. Alongside prancing peacocks, you’ll share your surroundings with a 17th-century château and a 130m viewpoint from which to enjoy soaring panoramas.
marqueyssac.com [5]

Chateau Des Milandes
Chateau des Milandes. © BTHV VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

CHÂTEAU DES MILANDES

This château is no more run-of-the-mill than its owner Josephine Baker’s scandalous performances at the Moulin Rouge. The cabaret artist, who was also a WWII spy by day, once shared this home with her pet cheetah and 12 adopted children.
www.milandes.com [6]

The Last Cave Castle
Maison Forte de Reignac. © KOALINA23 VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

MAISON FORTE DE REIGNAC

The Land of 1001 Châteaux boasts so many grand abodes that it would take years to see them all, but one of the best is this troglodyte manor, the only surviving cave castle in France, filled with prehistoric objects and a collection of torture instruments.
www.maison-forte-reignac.com [6]

Plus Beau Village
View from Domme. © KRYSZTOF GOLIK VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

DOMME

This perched idyll is a Plus Beau Village, with breathtaking panoramas. Its ramparts boast 14th-century graffiti etched into the stone walls by the Knights Templar who were imprisoned and killed here.
www.perigordnoir-valleedordogne.com/fr/domme [7]

Sculpted Abbaye Saint-Pierre
Sculpted Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. © ROMANN RAMSHORN

BEAULIEU-SUR-DORDOGNE

This fairy-tale Corrèze lake town is popular with pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela. The elaborately sculpted Abbaye Saint-Pierre is a work of art, boasting a 7-ft statue of Christ, while the riverside Chapelle des Pénitents is a standout beauty too.
www.beaulieu-tourisme.com [8]

Correze is home to ancient architecture and turrets aplenty.
Collonges-la-Rouge. © CALIPS VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

COLLONGES-LA-ROUGE

Also a popular stopover on the pilgrimage route, this medieval Corrèze hamlet is home to beautiful ancient architecture and turrets aplenty, all in shades of striking red sandstone. Be sure to look out for the mermaid sculpture.
www.tourismecorreze.com [9]

Coco Chanel’s Orphanage
Aubazine Abbey. © CALIPS VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

AUBAZINE ABBEY

Doubling as the orphanage where Coco Chanel spent her formative years, this medieval building holds the secret to the famous CC logo, which was inspired by a detail of the stained glass window design here. Visits are available in season via guided tours.
abbaye.aubazine.com [10]

15th Century Gothic Chapel
La Madeleine. © STEPHAN LANDRE

LA MADELEINE

This unmissable medieval troglodyte settlement offers a remarkable insight into how our hunter-gatherer ancestors once lived. Buildings carved into the cliff, include a 15th-century gothic chapel, although the full story of inhabitants dates back 17,000 years.
www.la-madeleine-perigord.com [11]

The gateway to Dordogne
Sarlat, the gateway to Dordogne. © INGA TOMANE VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

SARLAT

Known as the gateway to the Dordogne, this UNESCO World Heritage town spills charm from every inch of its cobbled streets, and is a foodie’s paradise thanks to its legendary pommes sarladaises (potatoes fried in crispy duck fat).
en.sarlat-tourisme.com [12]

Hot Air Balloon rides
IMAGE © MONTGOLFIERES DU PERIGORD

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

What could be more delightful than soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon in the very country where it was invented? From standard flights to private ones with champagne, these aerial views of river, forests and châteaux are a must.
www.montgolfiere-du-perigord.com  [13]

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