Last year it was the mountainous Auvergne region that
popular online travel guide Lonely Planet decided to shine a light on when it
came to France, but this year the emphasis is well and truly on the Dordogne
The rural southwestern region, also known as the Perigord,
situated between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountains, has made Lonely
Planets list of top ten European destinations for 2016; a prestigious accolade
which is sure to boost tourism in the region.
Long cherished by both locals and expats, the area has even
jokingly been nicknamed Dordogneshire, due to the large numbers of British people
who have fallen in love with it and have made it their home.
It reached number 4 on the list, with Lonely Planet saying
nowhere does French art de vivre quite like the Dordogne, referring to it as
a Garden of Eden stitched from dreamy chateaux, market towns and walnut
As well as its beautiful scenery, the region was also
praised by the guide for its culinary excellence. According to Lonely Planet:
For travellers following the increasingly hip local produce, homemade
mantra, this foodie region without the crowds of Provence and 100
percent au naturel has never been so alluring. Often based on duck
or goose, famous dishes and foods to have originated in the Dordogne include
confit de canard, foie gras and walnut cake.
Among the recommendations by Lonely Planet to fully take
advantage of the region are to explore the markets, sample the local wines,
dine at the restaurants, visit the abundance of chateaux, and check out the
famous prehistoric cave paintings that can be found here.
Explore the best of the Dordogne and visit our website to
check out the best French chateaux holidays on offer. Its never been simpler
to travel to the region, as British Airways have recently started to offer
direct flights there from London.
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