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Dordogne-Périgord : The Region.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Dordogne-Périgord

by Bert Schwarz

Where is the Périgord, how do you get there and what makes the region so unique?

The region of Dordogne-Périgord

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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Bergerac
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.
Château-Court-les-Mûts
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.
Périgueux
is located on the banks of the Isle river, where originally Gauls had settled.
Sarlat-la-Canéda
is the cultural and culinary epicenter of the Dordogne.
Vélorail du Périgord Vert
is like riding a pedalo - but on tracks.

The Dordogne combines all the attractions of the country like few regions in France. Its fantastic cuisine, its exciting history, its castles and castles, not to mention the picturesque villages, have long made the Dordogne a popular vacation destination for French families during the great holidays. And you will find some of the most beautiful prehistoric cave art in France, which is displayed in the caves and under rock roofs waiting for visitors in the Vézère valley.

Dordogne © Bert Schwarz

Part of this historical area, called Aquitaine, had great strategic importance for many centuries, which explains the many fortified towns (Bastides) and fortresses. Today it is known in France as Périgord and divided into four color-coded areas is divided: Périgord Pourpre (purple) for the vineyards around Bergerac; Périgord Noir (black) for the dark oak forests around the Vézère valley and Sarlat-la-Canéda; Périgord Blanc (white) for the limestone soil around the capital Périgueux; and Périgord Vert (green) for the wooded areas in the north.