Dordogne entertains a vast amount of breathtaking sights that will stay in visitors memories forever. The Dordgone region of France has many fabulous chateau's, a historic castle and amazing untouched traditional villages such as Sarlat. Campsites in Dordogne are often located in beautiful countryside kept imaculate by farmers and land owners. St Avit Loisirs campsite is surrounded by woodland and boasts 4 pools, multiple slides, sports and open space in the grounds. Le Moulin de Paulhiac campsite has modern facilities and it's very own site run children's club whilst Soleil Plage campsite is set alongside two small river beaches in a tranquil location with many facilities to suit all. Les Peneyrals campsite in Dordogne is a family run site with plenty of sports and games including a swimming pool and leisure activities. All the Dordogne campsites selected are from independent campsite reviews recieved at myfamilyholidays.com.
Comparing the Dordogne to the south of England you will find that the summers are hotter than the UK, but winters may be colder. There are many variations in weather patterns across Dordogne with temperatures and rainfall varying not only in broad bands but also within quite small areas. These variations are influenced by a combination of airstreams and the landscape structure of the land. The unusual result of this is that in the summer, there is more sun in the southwest stretching across Bergerac to Ribérac.
With Dordogne being such a rural region you would be surprised to discover that the Cuisine of Dordogne is rather sophisticated. The most common local ingredient is foie gras, which is an enlarged liver of duck or goose, commonly force fed from maize. This is often served as a starter or an addition to main courses. Another Common Dordogne delicacy is truffles. These are often used in pâtés, soups, stuffing and often accompany meats.
A dish often savoured by the English is cassoulet périgourdin, a stew of haricot beans, garlic sausage, mutton, and gooseneck stuffed with foie gras and truffles. A lot of the Dordogne dishes have a distinctive taste, which is formed from them, being cooked in goose fat. A lot of the salads across the region have a common dressing of walnut oil.
Cuisine meals across Dordogne often have a finale of the cheese board. Some cheeses are very strong in taste and smell, often the blue-veined cow's milk cheeses, where as the Bleu de Causses and Bleu de Quercy are more firm cheeses. Picadou cheese is Rocamadour and is aged by being wrapped in leaves resulting in a much stronger intense taste. Roquefort is made from sheep's milk and is renowned for being one of the finest blue cheeses.
Dordogne is home to the famous Bergerac red wines. Even though they are inferior to Bordeaux reds they are remarkable value. Bergerac sec are often known as Dordogne’s best dry white wine selection.
Périgord Noir Aquarium - www.parc-aquarium.com
One of the biggest aquariums in the area, Périgord Noir Aquarium has over 3 million litres of water to house fascinating species. This is a fun and educative park for children of all ages. With 6000 fish in more than 30 tanks the park is well landscaped and surrounded by trees rocks and sunshine. The Périgord Noir aquarium park also has an impressive 18 hole crazy golf winding through fabulous ponds with an abundance of wildlife. The golf is also a challenging, so dads beware, little amateurs can easily embarrass your game play here, therefore having excuses set up in advanced is advised.
Sarlat - www.sarlat.fr
Sarlat is the Capital of Black Périgord, holding more that 1,000 years of architecture. Sarlat is an extraordinarily well-preserved city with winding alleyways, lauze-covered roofs with most buildings built from a honey coloured stone. An impressive site is the Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral, which was built under Henri IV. There are plenty of quaint shops in the area and walking tours throughout the city explaining it stories and history.
Bournat - www.best-of-perigord.tm.fr
The village of Bournat is located on the banks of the river Vézère. Here you can savour the typical culture of Périgord village were you'll be enlightened to discover local artisans' and the love for their work. Watch their skills and traits as they willingly demonstrate their simple trades from basket makers, bakers, turners and lace makers.
Brantôme - www.ville-brantome.fr
This is known as the Venice of the Perigord, and it beauty doe’s not stop there. Benedictine Abbey is the most breathtaking abbey in Dordogne dating back to the 17th Century. It has the oldest bell tower in France and is located in the heart of Dordogne country land. Merovingian and the remains of Carolingian is worth visiting along with the 15th century Coudé bridge.
Castelnaud Castle - www.castelnaud.com
Castelnaud is a spectacular fortress built on a rocky mountainside. It provides magnificent panoramic views over the beautiful Dordogne valley. The castle is very popular with school trips so plan carefully and you may miss the rush. Castelnaud has plenty of stories that are told by maidens and knights making the journey a fun educational visit. Learning the art of warfare from the middle Ages has never been so much fun. Collections of arms and armour’s as well as real size war machines can also be seen throughout the grounds.
Lascaux II - www.best-of-perigord.tm.fr
Lascaux II is a reconstruction of a cave discovered in 1940, enriched with carvings dating back centuries. The original was becoming damaged through the years from tourists and visitors and therefore the reconstruction of the caves where created. This is a walkthrough guided tour and not particularly fun for children of the restless. Impressive cave paintings non-the less.
Proumeyssac Chasm - www.proumeyssac.com
The Proumeyssac chasm is an underground cave that has an abundance of crystallised formations. These formations are hundreds of thousands years old with each crystal growing only 8 cm per century. This colossal underground vault can be viewed by foot or for the adventurous in an old mine lift – that’s if you have the stomach. A new state-of-the-art light show was created for the 3rd millennium and along with major restoration work, the Proumeyssac Chasm unveils fresh and glittery charms to satisfy every visitors expectations. This is one of the best natural attractions of Dodogne.
Bergerac - www.ville-bergerac.fr
Bergerac old town district has many 14th to 16th century half-timbered traditional houses, however Bergerac itself is strikingly different to the rest of enchanting Dordogne. The city is built up and has little character compared to the beautiful surrounding countryside. The statue of Cyrano, the old harbour, Cloître des Récollets wine museum and the Boatmen’s district, to name a few, are areas of particular interest, however the rest of the attractions we have covered are a must see before you venture around this city.
La Roque St Christophe - www.roque-st-christophe.com
Between Les Eyzies and Montignac-Lascaux the high cliffs of La Roque St. Christophe impressively soars skywards. The limestone rock face is a huge eighty metres high and one kilometre long with large sections removed by man to fit dwellings and housing as well as reconstructions of civil engineering machines in tribute to renowned great builders of medieval times.