Best things to do in Dordogne
The Dordogne is a sliver of idyllic scenery packed with depth, history, colours and flavours. Prehistoric cave-dwellers, mediaeval nobles, and a long lineage of no-nonsense bon vivants have woven a rich tapestry of tales, testaments and landscapes that epitomizes one of France’s most bucolic regions.
Bordered by the Auvergne mountains to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Dordogne is made up of undulating countryside, forests, and rivers, which makes for delightfully photogenic scenery.
Dordogne is actually a département in south-west France and part of the wider Périgord region which abounds with rivers, the four biggest being the Dordogne (the fifth longest river in France), the Vézère, the Dronne and the Isle. The region is divided up into four parts, each named after a colour: Périgord Noir (black), Périgord Blanc (white), Périgord Vert (green), and Périgord Pourpre (purple).
It’s a foodie’s paradise, where good living is taken seriously. Cast the scales aside and feast on some of the most decadent dishes that France has to offer; this is the land of truffles, foie gras, slow-cooked duck and melt-in-the-mouth potatoes cooked in goose dripping.