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The Region of Dordogne-Périgord

by Bert Schwarz

Dordogne is a département in the southwest of France and lies between the Loire valley and the Pyrenees mountains. It is famous for its prehistoric cave paintings in the valley of the Vézère river, especially those in the caves of Lascaux. In Périgueux the cathedral St.-Front with its five domes is one of the region's marvels and the Vesunna museum built around Roman ruins dives deep into history.

The medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda houses the Cathédrale St. Sacerdos surrounded by a stunning city center.

The Dordogne

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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In the city center the walls are old and the people young.
Château de Beynac
Discover history in one of the most authentic medieval fortresses.
Château de Castelnaud
The oldest documents mention the castle in the 13th century, where it played a role in the Albigensian crusade.
Château des Milandes
Home of Josephine Baker.
Top wine from Périgord Purpre.
Domain de Barbe
Fois Gras, a regional specialty known beyond the borders.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac
The cave is called Crystal Cathedral because of its huge underground vault.
Grotte de Tourtoirac
The Tourtoirac cave is also called the geological pearl of the Périgord.
Hôtel de Dieu
in Hautefort contains a remarkable collection of medical equipment.
La ferme de la Brunie
is a farm where modern technology is used for the welfare of the animals.
La Gare - Espace Robert Doisneau
presents an outstanding collection of the photographic art of Robert Doisneau.
La Roque de St. Christophe
A limestone rock inhabited for 55,000 years.
Lascaux II
Palaeolithic cave paintings: Works by unknown artists who worked here up to 20,000 years ago.
Musée National de Préhistoire
The museum is home to exceptional collections of human history dating back over 400,000 years.
is located on the banks of the Isle river, where originally Gauls had settled.
is the cultural and culinary epicenter of the Dordogne.
Vélorail du Périgord Vert
is like riding a pedalo - but on tracks.


The river >Dordogne is the eponym for the region and the département. With a length of 483 km it is the fifth longest river in France and owes its name to the source rivers Dore and Dogne. The Dordogne also gives its name to one of the most picturesque landscapes in southwestern France.

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The Dordogne is fed by numerous tributaries such as the Isle, Vézère, Maronne, Cère, Ouysse and Céou, which we visited or will visit in the course of our travels. In the process, we come across numerous picturesque towns, villages and castles, which have been well preserved and restored since the Middle Ages.

The source of the Dordogne is located 1,680 m above sea level at the Puy de Sancy in the Auvergne mountains and finally reaches the Gironde river at Bec d'Ambès.

Périgord-Noir © Bert Schwarz

For bathing and dinghy paddling there are «official» and «non-official» places. With the necessary caution, even the kids have fun on/in the Dordogne.

Who is underway with tent, caravan or camper, should look up the information about the destination chosen in the Internet before reservation well and also cross-check by telephone. The density of campsites in the area is impressive. During our on-site research, however, we found the whole range from imposture to wow!.