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Green hills, prehistoric caves, medieval towns with castle ruins and castles, and the river Dordogne winded through everything. If you come to this region on vacation, you don't have to choose between nature and civilization, hiking and sightseeing. Here, you can try whitewater kayaking in the morning, then walk through the castle museum in the afternoon. We were just about to reorganize the program, which had been arranged with great difficulty, to extend this rest in paradise when it started to rain, and the air in the valley immediately cooled down.

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You don't necessarily have to visit crowded Provence for the atmosphere of rural France; it is much more recommended to visit the Dordogne, known for its hilly fields, limestone plateaus, slow-flowing, calm rivers, and mountains that are excellent for climbing and hiking. The region is very rich in finds from prehistoric times, which can be found, for example, in the National Museum of Prehistory, in the small town of Les Eyzies-de Tayac. In this museum, we can admire, among other things, artifacts from the Ice Age. There is a prehistoric monument located near Lascaux, a cave known for its wall paintings, which was closed to visitors to protect the drawings, but copies of them can be viewed. It is worth visiting one of the imposing castles along the Dordogne river and tasting the lesser-known full-bodied red wines of the region."



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Food

It is worth buying food from primary producers in the villages because it is much cheaper than in urban supermarkets.

Background

Attractions

Périgueux

Périgueux

Brantome

Bourdeulles

Saint Jean-de-Cole

Notron

Périgord Vert

Sarlat-la-Caneda Domme

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

La Roque-Gageac

Marqueyssac Gardens

Belvés

Beynac-et-Cazenac

The movie Chocolate (Juliette Binoche&Johnny Depp, 2000) was filmed here, so anyone who saw it will want to come here.


Rocamadour

If you are exploring the Dordogne valley, you should not miss this jewel box. The shrine was already known in the first few centuries according to our time; according to legend St. Amator lived here as a hermit and built it up the sanctuary of the Virgin Mary after he fled from the land of Israel. The fact is that the monastery-church-chapel-complex named after the pious monk stands today among the steep rocks, the dimensions of which reveal that the most pleasant way to travel between its levels is with an elevator carved into the rock, or hundreds of steps have to be climbed, whether we parked up there or down there, next to the river.

The place has an incomparable charm that captures you and won't let you go; it's not for nothing that it's a holy place; there's something in the air here. Whether it's one of the stops on the centuries-old pilgrimage route or because of the many visitors here, it's palpable; you can feel the immeasurable calmness, heavenly peace, and happiness that radiates from here from this settlement.
Down there, two narrow streets running the entire length of the settlement, steep flights of stairs going up towards the churches, it is worth looking down now and then because the roofs also show how well everything here is built into each other. The view from here is already dizzying




Bergerac

Monpazier

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