Hill country, old villages, castles and rural life. This is Dordogne, France. Located between the Loire Valley and Pyrenees mountains about six hours south of Paris, the “Département de la Dordogne” is a beautiful region offering amazing off the beaten path treasures waiting to be discovered. Of course, there are lots of gourmet delights like paté de foie gras, truffles, and walnuts. It is a beautiful region with lots of places to discover.
According to About-France, one of the travel websites I use when visiting France, “le Périgord noir” is the epicenter for tourist. “Situated in the southeast of the department. Centered on the town of Sarlat and the river Dordogne, this is the classic Dordogne, with its limestone cliffs, castles (such as Beynac or Castelnaud) and picturesque villages such as Domme and Laroque Gageac, and also its world-famous caves with their stalagmites and stalactites, and in several cases prehistoric paintings.” Sarlat is also referred to as the “medieval capital of the Dordogne.”
If you love exploring historic places, Dordogne is a must. Périgueux is a town on the north end of the region is home to the Cathedrale St-Front. Dedicated to Saint Font, the cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1998 and is rich with history dating back to the fifth century.
Dordogne region is known as one of the most important food regions in France. A lot of the dishes here are based on duck or goose. Try the paté de foie gras and magret de canard (duck breast.) Of course, you have to try out the wine. After all, this is France. The southern part of the region known as Périgord Pourpre is home to various vineyards. Although it is not as famous as Bordeaux or Burgundy, they still produce some very delicious wines that pair great with the region’s cuisine.
Fly into Bordeaux, rent a car and head east to explore Dordogne. There are smaller airports throughout, but Bordeaux is an easier way to get there. And renting a car and making the drive is part of the adventure.
For those of us who like to explore new places and discover hidden travel gems, Dordogne will be a trip you will not forget.