Dordogne Towns & Villages
The Medieval City of Sarlat (25 mins drive)
City of Art and History is famous for its exceptional density of historical monuments.
Sarlat, the capital of the Perigord Noir, is situated in the heart of a forested area – to the east of the great region of the Aquitaine and close to the Dordogne valley. The name Sarlat itself, evokes both gastronomic and cultural pleasures. Its worldwide reputation is linked with its rich history from the Middle Ages onwards. Its evolution over the centuries has left it with an exceptional heritage.
Sarlat was the first place in France to be safeguarded by being restored under the Malraux Law of 1964. Its classification as Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Artistic and Historic Town), is testament to its high architectural quality. Its medieval lanes and its large, sunny squares, particularly lively on market days, create an agreeable atmosphere.
The Medieval City of Cahors (1 hr 15 mins drive)
Set in the majestic Lot valley, Cahors, a town of art and history, is made to be explored. From the Valentré Bridge to the Saint-Etienne Cathedral, via the market place and the boulevard terraces, Lot’s main town combines southern atmosphere, historical wealth and gourmet pleasures.
Domme (30 mins drive)
This ‘Bastide’ (or fortified) village was built in 1281, on a protected hilltop site overlooking the valley of the Dordogne and owes its existence to King Philippe III ‘the Bold’. Situated 150 metres above the river Dordogne, this exceptional position gives the visitor the most beautiful panoramic view of the Périgord Noir.
Rocamadour (1 hour drive)
Rocamadour is a medieval town suspended on a cliff, an image of rocky splendour that glows in the light of the setting sun. It is a timeless sight and one that is impossible to forget. This extraordinary village will transport you to another era, one in which people came from far and wide to worship the Black Virgin.
Collanges la Rouge (1 hour drive)
The village, built entirely from red sandstone is a member of the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” association (“The Most Beautiful Villages of France”) and is actually where this association was created. It’s one of the most visited sites in the Limousin and dazzles with its flamboyant red sandstone.
Saint Cirq Lapopie – Lot (1 hour 40 mins drive)
Starting from Cahors, a cliff-lined road winds through the Lot valley leading to an unforgettable sight: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This wonderfully preserved medieval village hugs the rocky wall 100 metres above the river. Classed amongst “The Most Beautiful Villages of France.”