Bastides and medieval towns
The region is rich in bastides and medieval towns, witnesses of fascinating history. Among them, Monpazier, Beaumont, Issigeac and Limeuil are gems that you absolutely must discover. These fortified villages offer cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, Romanesque churches and lively squares, as well as colorful markets. A walk through these medieval cities is a real journey back in time.
Castles and Abbeys
The Périgord Pourpre is also known for its historic castles and abbeys. Sites such as Lanquais, Monbazillac, Biron, Saint Avit Sénieur and Cadouin offer visitors impressive views, lush gardens and ornate interiors. These castles and abbeys are one of a kind and constitute an important part of the region's heritage.
Bergerac and the Vineyards
Bergerac is a charming town located in the heart of the vineyards of Périgord. Local wines, such as Monbazillac and Pécharmant, are renowned for their exceptional quality and unique taste. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings, cellar tours and vineyards, as well as restaurants offering local dishes accompanied by the best vintages of the region.
Périgord is famous for its prehistoric sites, with the famous Lascaux Caves at the top of the list, where cave paintings dating back over 17,000 years have been discoveries. Les Eyzies, known as the “Capital of Prehistory”, offers a multitude of sites and museums dedicated to the history of humanity, such as the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume or the National Museum of Prehistory.
Sarlat is an exceptional medieval town located in the heart of the Périgord Noir. It is renowned for its architectural beauty, with its cobbled streets, its gilded stone houses and its magnificent cathedral. The town offers craft shops, colorful markets and restaurants offering local specialties. Sarlat is an unmissable destination!
Medieval Castles and Villages
The Périgord Noir is also famous for its castlesand its medieval villages, such as La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Domme. These perched villages offer panoramic views over the Dordogne and have a remarkable historical heritage, with imposing castles and streets lined with stone houses. Visitors can walk around, visit historical sites and enjoy the authentic ambiance.