Holidays to Dordogne
When many people imagine the quintessential French countryside experience they think of Dordogne. This stunning region in southwest France boasts emerald green fields that sport brightly coloured wild flowers, medieval castles and countryside manors resting on the banks of gently flowing rivers, and lush vineyards, forests, and farms, which provide the basis for the incredible cuisine that this part of France is renowned for.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Dordogne
Dordogne is home to some of the most spectacular castles in all of Europe, and many of them are open to visitors year round. Travellers on a holiday to Dordogne should be sure not to miss a tour of the 13th century Chateau de Beynac, with its vast stone hallways and
chambers straddling the top of a cliff overlooking the town of Beynac-et-Cazenac. The Chateau de Hautefort is also interesting for its rounded towers and domes, elaborate furniture and art that date back to the 17th century, and stunning manicured gardens.
To step back even further in time, visitors on a holiday to Dordogne can visit one of the many prehistoric sites scattered across the region. The Caves of Lascaux are the most famous attraction, as they are home to cave paintings that date back over 17,000 years. To protect the paintings from damage, scientists have closed the original caves and opened a replica cave that has perfect reproductions of the paintings, and sits just metres away from the original.
Besides amazing scenery and historic sites, Dordogne offers some of the most sought after local gourmet products and dishes in all of France. This is the home of rich, creamy foie gras, confit du canard, with its crispy skin and tender duck leg meat, and the distinctive Perigord black truffles that are prized the world over for their refined earthy aroma and flavour. Dordogne is also a prime grape-growing region, and vineyards here produce fabulous red, white, and rose wines that are an excellent accompaniment to any meal.
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