The Dordogne Valley
From the mountains to the ocean...The most beautiful river in France.... but paradoxally it is the least known! It is astonishing that the Dordogne is less known. Therefore for your holiday go on a boat down the river to appreciate its charm and to discover how it merits being known as "the marvellous valley" There are several spots with viewpoints: Rocamadour, Sarlat, Souillac, but also dozens of others less known encased between the Puy de dome and Corrèze, between the lot and Cantal, between the Dordogne and Gironde: Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne (the Riviera Limousine), Argentat; this ancient port of navigation, the Gouffre de Padirac, the Castelnau chateau.
Carte de la Vallée de la Dordogne
The most beautiful villages of France in the Dordogne Valley
Visit our characterful villages, magnificently preserved and let yourself be emerged in a real medieval world.
Collonges la Rouge unveils its exceptional richness. The heritage of the past going back XV1 century. It is a wonderful spectacle to see the richness of this patrimony in the stonework. Therefore, leave your car in the carpark as this village is entirely pedestrian.
Curemonte: This village has three chateaus, three churches, and several noble houses set in a beautiful environment.
Turenne: A superb village perched on a rock. The chateau opens its doors towards the guardians of the X1V century. Its gardens are full of flowers, Caesar's tower gives an exceptional panorama to those who were viscounts. www.chateau-turenne.com
The nearby, categorised, 'beautiful villages of France" situated in the Lot department are: Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac. In the Cantal: Salers and Tournemire without forgetting Domme, the Roque Gageac and Beynac. You will have lots of pleasurable hours between Auvergne and Périgord, with vineyards, foie gras (pate), strawberries and chestnuts, good food and charming bistros. www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr
The caves and chasms in the Dordogne Valley
The Gouffre de Padirac
Discover the best chasm in Europe and go on a boat for more than a 100metres underground on a boat through majestic galleries. Plunge into the centre of the earth: www.gouffre-de-padirac.com
The caves of Lacave. You can reach the heart of the cave by a small train: 1h20 for a guided visit. More than 10 galleries, 1.6km of galleries to visit. Go to the middle of the earth. www.grottes-de-lacave.fr
The Gouffre de la Fage
The La Fage chasm is a magic place, three chapels of authentic wilderness: where one can be more informed of this underground world with both legendary and real bats, the palaeontology with incredible deposits and the bones of prehistoric animals. www.gouffre-de-la-fage.com
Find out all about the underground world: www.grottes.net