Do you want to visit the Dordogne in 7 days? Are you looking for what to do in Dordogne? In this article you will find the essentials to see and do in the Dordogne inspired by my walks in the region between beautiful villages and outdoor activities. I also share with you a charming place where you can sleep in the Dordogne next to La Roque-Gageac.
What to do in the Dordogne in 7 days: Top activities in Dordogne
The Dordogne is a French department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region which is full of must-see places not to be missed. It is a perfect destination for your eco-responsible holidays with family or lovers (you can also discover my post Visit Collonges la Rouge).
If you want to visit the Dordogne in 7 days I give you below the Top activities not to be missed.
Visit the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac-et-Cazenac with its imposing Castle which dominates the Dordogne is classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France.
At the time of the Hundred Years’ War, the fortress of Beynac was one of the French strongholds. The Dordogne served as the border between France and England; nearby, Castelnaud Castle was in English hands. (www. Dordogne-perigord-noir.fr)
In addition to its castle, you can visit the 12th century Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, which has remarkable Romanesque architecture.
Also go and discover the hanging gardens of Marqueyssac. Located near Beynac-et-Cazenac, these gardens offer a spectacular view of the Dordogne valley. Visitors can also discover hundreds of varieties of plants and trees here.
Visit the village of Castelnaud la Chapelle
Castelnaud la Chapelle, ranked among “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”, is a village with exceptional charm.
Here are some of the activities you can do there:
- Visit the castle of Castelnaud: it is located on a hill and offers a breathtaking view of the Dordogne valley. It was built in the 12th century and has been restored many times over the years.
- Explore the village: Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a charming little village with many cobbled streets and stone houses.
- Discover the Museum of War in the Middle Ages: this museum is located in the castle of Castelnaud and offers exhibitions on war in the Middle Ages. There are armours, weapons and art objects that illustrate this period of history.
- Watch the making of a wooden top: at the entrance to the town of Castelnaud, you will find the wood turner who will make beautiful wooden tops before your eyes. If you wish, you can buy a spinning top for 5 Euros.
Visit Brantôme: the Venice of the Perigord
Check out Brantôme: the Venice of Périgord, due to its picturesque location on the banks of the Dronne River.
Here are some of the activities you can do there:
- Visit the Abbaye de Brantôme: a former Benedictine monastery founded in the 8th century. Visitors can explore the buildings and gardens, including a magnificent Romanesque tower.
- Take a boat trip on the Dronne: you can admire the magnificent landscapes from the water and enjoy a unique perspective on the village.
- Explore the historic center of Brantôme: a real gem, with its cobbled streets, stone buildings and ancient bridges. You can also discover many local shops and restaurants.
- Visit the Fernand Desmoulin Museum: dedicated to the artist Fernand Desmoulin, who lived and worked in Brantôme. It presents a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures by the artist, as well as temporary exhibitions by other artists.
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Visit the village of Roque-Gageac
La Roque-Gageac, classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, at the foot of a cliff facing the Dordogne.
The walk to the top of the village will offer you sublime views.
Do not miss the exotic garden.
The more athletic can rent a Canöe and go down the Dordogne. Blow of heart assured.
If you are looking for accommodation near La Roque-Gageac, I recommend the gîte ‘La Maison Bleue’ => here to book. Superb place, troglodyte full of charm in a quiet, green area very well placed in relation to the various activities and tourist visits.
Visit the old town of Terrasson
Terrasson is a charming medieval town. Its old town is a picturesque area with narrow streets and buildings made of stone, dating back to the 12th century.
When visiting the old town of Terrasson, some places of interest you might want to check out include:
The Gardens of the Imagination (Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire): These beautiful gardens are located on a hill overlooking the town and offer stunning views of the Dordogne Valley. They are designed to stimulate the senses and inspire creativity.
The Old Bridge (Pont Vieux): This historic bridge dates back to the 13th century and spans the Vézère River. It offers lovely views of the river and the surrounding countryside.
The Church of Saint Sour: This 12th-century Romanesque church is located in the heart of the old town and is known for its beautiful carved doorway and stained glass windows.
The Market Hall (Halle): This covered market was built in the 19th century and is still used today for local markets and events. It’s a great place to pick up fresh produce, cheese, and other local specialties.
The Rue de la Halle: This charming street is lined with traditional stone houses and is home to many artisanal shops and boutiques.
Visit the city of Sarlat la Canade
Here are some places of interest to visit while in Sarlat:
Sarlat Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos): This stunning 14th-century cathedral features impressive Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and a beautiful bell tower.
Place de la Liberté: This picturesque square is the heart of the city and is surrounded by stunning Renaissance-style buildings, cafes, and shops. It’s a great place to relax and take in the city’s atmosphere.
The Old Town: The old town of Sarlat is a maze of narrow streets, alleyways, and charming houses made of stone. It’s easy to get lost, but it’s also a great way to discover the city’s hidden treasures.
The Market: Sarlat is famous for its market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. Here, you can find a wide variety of local specialties, such as foie gras, truffles, and wine
- A few Kilometers from Sarlat you can discover The Grotte de Lascaux, famous for its prehistoric cave paintings, which are some of the finest examples of Paleolithic art in the world. In order to preserve the fragile paintings, the original cave has been closed to the public since 1963. However, there is a replica cave, which is open to visitors. You can buy the entrance ticket on the site getyourguide which also offers an English guide.
Domme is ranked among the most beax villages in France.
With its magnificent entrance gates the village on the cliff heights will offer you an exceptional panorama of the Dordogne.
Visit the city of Périgueux and its magnificent St. Front Cathedral
Here are some things to see and do in Périgueux, including the magnificent St. Front Cathedral:
St. Front Cathedral: This stunning Romanesque cathedral was built in the 12th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its unique Byzantine-inspired architecture and intricate carvings make it one of the most impressive buildings in the region.
The Old Town: The historic center of Périgueux is full of winding streets, charming houses, and impressive landmarks. Don’t miss the Place Saint-Louis, a beautiful square lined with cafes and restaurants.
The Vesunna Museum: This fascinating museum is built on the ruins of a Roman villa and showcases the history of the region from prehistoric times to the present day.
The Market: The Périgueux market is one of the best in the region, offering a wide variety of local specialties, such as foie gras, truffles, and wine. It takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the Place de la Clautre.
The Jardin des Arènes: This beautiful park is located on the site of a former Roman amphitheater and offers stunning views of the city. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
The Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie du Périgord: This museum is housed in a beautiful 16th-century building and features a collection of art and artifacts from the region, including works by local artists.
I hope this reading has been helpful to you.
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