Deep in the heart of south-western France, occupying the ancient province of Périgord, the Dordogne is one of the country’s most beautiful rural spots – enriched by a majestic river, beautiful valleys and history at every turn with, wait for it, over 1500 castles to explore.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 (BST +1 in summer)|
|Holiday type:||Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 19°C
Rainfall: 860mm a year
Search out the village of Montignac for the famous Lascaux paleolithic cave paintings nearby. Although the original caves are closed to keep the paintings pristine, a replica cave draws huge crowds.
Must eat at:
With several Michelin-starred eateries to its name, the Dordogne has a wealth of gastronomic delights. Head to Trémolat, where you’ll find Vieux Logis, a former tobacco farm converted into a luxurious hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant.
Must be there for:
Bastille Day (14 July), off the beaten track, has to be experienced. Stop off in the Dordogne’s pretty villages (it’s a world away from the Champs Elysees) and you’ll get a warm welcome, particularly if you speak a few words of French!
• If chateaux are your thing, there are 1500 to choose from, including charming castles at Commarque, Hautefort, Milandes and Monbazillac.
• For perfectly-preserved Medieval architecture, head to Sarlat-la-Canéda – one of the most picturesque towns in all of the Dordogne.
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