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The Hundred Years War saw English kings campaigning in the Dordogne for generations to rule this now tranquil land; the region is dotted with over a thousand majestically-situated castles, many open to the public. The decisive French victory at neighbouring Castillon is still celebrated in colourful style each July. Centuries of eventful history have left a rich medieval flavour in Dordogne towns like Périgueux and Bergerac, while tiny, spectacularly scenic, fortified bastide villages like Domme and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, make dining-out uniquely memorable.
France has a list of "plus beaux villages de France" (the most beautiful villages in France), 10 of which are to be found in the Périgord, in the Dordogne region. These are St-Jean-de-Côle, St-Amand-de-Coly, St-Léon-sur-Vézère, Limeuil, Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Belvès and Monpazier. Discover the unique charm of their sunny streets.
Bordeaux. Think of Bordeaux and you automatically think of wine and there is nothing wrong in that at all but Bordeaux has much more on offer in and around this beautiful city. Enjoying a climate of almost 2000 hours of sunshine, the same as the French Riviera, and temperatures averaging 26.5 degrees in July and August it’s a “must visit” city. Unlike the traditional atmosphere found in many of the towns in the area, this bustling city is the capital of Gironde. The narrow streets of the eighteenth-century city are lined with grand mansions from Bordeaux's glory days, and much of the area has been done up over recent years, the renovation culminating in the whole of the city centre being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2007. Aside from the aesthetic appeal of its old centre, some excellent museums, some even finer restaurants and a fantastic nightlife make Bordeaux an absorbing town. There are gardens to sit and the views from the riverfront across the city are amazing. Shopping is also great in Bordeaux with many streets bursting with shops selling clothes, leather goods and not forgetting wine.
Brantome - the Venice of the Perigord. Sat at the convergence of two rivers that formed and created an island on which Brantome sits. It’s an idyllic small town that is to the north of Pergueux on the banks of the River Dronne. Traditional Perigord houses built of local stone and tiles roofs with their gardens and parks dominate much of the town. Brantôme has many interesting shops, good restaurants serving regional food such as foie gras, duck and local produce. Wooded cliffs loom up behind the beautiful Benedictine abbey and the river Dronne runs around the village in front of a Benedictine Abbey.
Bourdeilles. This quaint village is set on the banks of the river Dronne with an ancient bridge that crosses the Dronne past the water mill, built in the shape of a boat. The village clusters on the hillside with the castle grounds on the summit. The grounds consist of a medieval castle and a beautiful renaissance Chateau with some remarkable furniture and tapestries. It is richly decorated and includes the “Salon Doré” (golden room) and a furniture collection from the 15th to the19th century. Inside the castle walls is a garden area laid out in a traditionally French style with avenues of trees, clipped box and neatly laid out grassy areas.
Venturing into the village there are a few restaurants and small shops and a Sunday market.
St Jean de Cole. This village has been officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France with ochre coloured houses, many half-timbered houses and wonderful tiled roofs. The river Cole runs along one edge of the river and you can stop and admire it from the little humpbacked bridge or the small river beach below. This stretch of river is very green and tranquil and a perfect spot for picnics. The village square is flanked on one side by the Chateau de la Marthonie. It has a XVth century part made up of towers and a “donjon” (the main tower) and added to this is a XVIIth century wing built over a series of arches. On another side of the square is the XIIth century Romanesque Byzantine church of St Jean Baptist with a quite unusual rounded shape. Coupled with the houses on the other side of the square it makes it very attractive. It’s a lovely place to browse around, with craft and gift shops and some good restaurants.
Bergerac is situated on the northern bank of the Dordogne River and to the west of the Dordogne department. It is one of the largest towns in the region and the highlight is the old town. There are many streets and squares to explore with many small shops. As its sits on the River Dordogne views up river and down are delightful. The old town is centred round the Place Pelissiere which is always filled with flowers. Cafes and restaurants are edged round the square and it’s a perfect place for your morning coffee or lunch. Around this square are many old and narrow medieval streets with half timbered houses. Going nearer to the river there is a lovely square called Place Mirpe which is surrounded by half timbered houses and shady trees. Going into the main part of the town you will find modern shops with more conventional streets as well as an abundance of restaurants.
Sarlat: Sarlat’s extraordinary 14th century centre sums up the attraction of Dordogne as a destination; evocative of richly-flavoured living history, a beautiful region and its luxurious produce, today served to English visitors on plates, not pikestaffs.