IF you're thinking about buying property in Dordogne then we thought you may like to know more about this prime location and our beautiful region.
Situated in the beautiful, hilly region of south west France, the Dordogne is home to famous French wines, ancient ‘bastide’ towns, mouth-watering cuisine, incredible historic monuments and castles, and a wide variety of cultural attractions.
Although there are some large, bustling towns, the Dordogne is known for its charming villages, delightful scenery, and a quiet, rural way of life at a more relaxed pace.
And considering this region of France enjoys almost 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, its temperate climate makes it the ideal destination for outdoor living and regular holidays.
The department owes its name to the Dordogne River, which flows generally west through the region from its source in the mountains of Auvergne.
It once marked the frontier between British and French forces as they fought the Hundred Year’s war.
Although many parts of the Dordogne are best known for relaxing country holidays, much of this area, especially further into the hills, is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and waiting to be
discovered. Lazy, winding rivers, thick wooded hills dotted with
castles, old villages, and sleepy country towns lie in wait for those
with a more adventurous streak.
The large town of Perigueux is the Capital of the department of Dordogne.
The French tend to refer to the whole area as “le Périgord” rather than “the Dordogne,” although both phrases mean the same and are used interchangeably.
Perigueux is a wonderful, bustling 2,000 year old town with food markets, a cathedral, a museum, and many classic medieval streets and houses.
Different areas within the Dordogne are referred to by colour:
This is a green, undulating region in north Dordogne with lush vegetation, small villages and farms, and plenty of crystal clear streams and refreshing rivers winding through the countryside.
This area includes the protected land of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin.
This is the most popular tourist destination of the Dordogne. Located in the south east, centred around the famously picturesque town of Sarlat, in this area you can see sheer limestone cliffs with castles and towns perched precariously on the top, rolling hills covered in
trees, and two world-famous prehistoric cave sites.
A low-lying area of modern vineyards dotted with ancient bastide towns built during the middle ages.
Famous for its wines and variety of grapes this area encompasses the region around Bergerac in the south west of the department of Dordogne.
A region of limestone plateaux in central Dodogne, Périgord Blanc is so called because of its chalky soils which give the region a white appearance.
Many times bisected by the Auvézère and Isle rivers, this is a region of gently rolling meadows, thick forests, and Roman ruins.