The Dordogne

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  • 1. Château de Biron

    Stop in Biron to see its massive hilltop castle, the highlights of which include a keep, square tower, and chapel, dating from the Renaissance, and...Read More

  • 2. Cité Religieuse

    The Basse Ville's Rue Piétonne, the main pedestrian street, is crammed with crêperies, tea salons, and hundreds of tourists, many of whom are heading heavenward...Read More

  • 3. Grotte de Combarelles

    Want an up-close look at Cro-Magnon cave drawings? Those at les Combarelles are considered among the best in the world. Although traces of pigments have...Read More

  • 4. Grotte-Font-de-Gaume

    Font-de-Gaume is the last French cave with polychrome paintings that remains open to the public. Though discovered in the late 1800s, it wasn't until the...Read More

  • 5. Jardins de Marqueyssac

    For Périgord Noir at its most enchanting, head to the heavenly heights of this hilltop garden in Vézac, just south of Beynac. Founded in 1682,...Read More

  • 6. La Villa Cahors Malbec

    For an introduction to Cahors wine, this is the place. Though Cahors may not be as familiar as Bordeaux or Bourgogne, the local appellation is...Read More

  • 7. Lascaux Cave

    In 1940, four school children looking for their dog discovered hundreds of wall paintings in this cave just south of Montignac; the paintings of horses,...Read More

  • 8. Pont Valentré

    The town's finest sight is this 14th-century bridge, its three elegant towers constituting a spellbinding feat of medieval engineering....Read More

  • 9. Abbaye Bénédictine

    Possibly founded by Charlemagne in the 8th century, Abbaye Bénédictine has none of its original buildings left, but its bell tower has been hanging on...Read More

  • 10. Castelnaud

    With a fabulous mountaintop setting, the now-ruined castle of Castelnaud, containing a large collection of medieval arms, is just upstream from Beynac across the Dordogne....Read More

  • 11. Cathédrale St-Étienne

    The fortresslike cathedral is in Byzantine style, and its cloisters connect to the courtyard of the archdeaconry, awash with Renaissance decoration and thronged with townsfolk...Read More

  • 12. Cathédrale St-Front

    Périgueux's history reaches back more than 2,000 years, yet the community is best known for this odd-looking church, which was associated with the routes to...Read More

  • 13. Cathédrale St-Sacerdos

    The elaborate turreted tower of the Cathédrale St-Sacerdos, begun in the 12th century, is the oldest part of the building and, along with the choir,...Read More

  • 14. Château de Beynac

    Perched above a sheer cliff face beside an abrupt bend in the Dordogne River, the muscular 13th-century Château de Beynac has unforgettable views from its...Read More

  • 15. Château de Hautefort

    The silhouette of the Château de Hautefort bristles with high roofs, domes, chimneys, and cupolas. The square-line Renaissance left wing clashes with the muscular, round...Read More

  • 16. Château de Losse

    There are more grandiose castles in France, but few can offer a more intimate a look at how 16th-century nobles lived than the Château de...Read More

  • 17. Château de Monbazillac

    The storybook corner towers of the beautifully proportioned, 16th-century, gray-stone château pay tribute to the fortress tradition of the Middle Ages, but the large windows...Read More

  • 18. Château des Milandes

    Five kilometers (3 miles) from Castelnaud, the turreted Château des Milandes was built around 1489 in Renaissance style, and has lovely terraces and gardens. It...Read More

  • 19. Cloître des Récollets

    This former convent is now in the wine business, and its stone-and-brick buildings, dating from the 12th to the 15th century, include galleries, a large...Read More

  • 20. Eco-Musée de la Noix

    If you're nuts about nuts, Sarlat is your town—the Périgord is the second-biggest producer of walnuts in France, and those from the Sarladais region are...Read More

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