What we love about France is that it is one of the most diverse nations in the world in terms of geography. With the delightful cobbled streets, winding back alleys, and rustic wine taverns of places like Bordeaux, to the contemporary, sprawling cityscapes of Paris and Marseille, France has everything. It’s this, coupled with the stunning cuisine and amazing culture that makes it a must for tourists everywhere. Vive le France!
But, there’s one part of France that is untouched by so many of us. One area of the country that so few of us have ever set foot in. Nestled in Southwestern France, between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley, we find the magical department (that’s what they call it) or Dordogne. Now, sit back and prepare to be wowed as we take an unforgettable trip through Dordogne.
Slow it down
The first thing you’re going to notice here is a much more relaxed way of life; there isn’t that mad rush to do things that you might have in the city. And this is important, because a place like Dordogne is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Head to the small village of Limeuil, where time seems to stand still, and gaze down the hill at the stunning Panoramic Gardens, and the crossing of the rivers Dordogne and Vezere.
Get some Roman infusion
We highly recommend you head to the old Roman town of Perigueux, and enjoy some of the great culture on display here. There is a traditional farmer’s market here every Wednesday and Saturday, and you absolutely must attend for some stunning local produce. There are also the shimmering white domes of Perigueux Cathedral and absolutely stunning work of architecture and opulence. The Byzantine beauty dates back to 1669 and is an absolutely essential sight for visitors.
One of the things we love best about Dordogne is the delicious delicacies on offer here. Travel just 20 minutes north of Perigueux to the town of Sorges. Here you will find some of the freshest and most delectable truffles anywhere in the world. In fact, there is even a truffle museum here, where you can find out all about their legendary fresh truffles. You might even want to buy some, as they are sold all year round. This is a unique experience that you won’t get to have anywhere else in the world.
No, we’re not talking about the ‘80s BBC detective series starring John Nettles – though that was rad. Bergerac is a small, medieval commune in Dordogne, and it’s famed for our favorite French thing – wine! There are two exquisite vineyards rising high above, and, yes, you can do tastings. If you head for the famed House of Wines, there are 13 different types of wine you can try during your tasting.
So, though this is just a small sliver of what makes Dordogne so great, you can see that it has plenty to offer. This stunning department in the south of France offers everything great about this region of the country. It’s the perfect vacation spot for anyone wanting to discover more about France, and uncover the secrets of its hidden treasures.