The department of Dordogne is located in the region of Aquataine. It is situated between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountains. Known for its beautiful villages and towns, Dordogne is located in southwest France, and is named after the Dordogne River. It is thought to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe.
Top attractions in this region are the prehistoric caves, the beautiful gardens, grottos, and the stunning villages and towns. Look for the headings chateaux and water gardens, medieval castles, and cave paintings for a sampling of what you will find at these most appealing sites.
The Lascaux Caves feature a prehistoric art gallery with reproductions that mimic Cro-Magnon history This attraction also has an animal park with descendants of prehistoric animals. There are noteworthy museums and gardens throughout the Dordogne region.
There are easily a dozen Sacred religious sites in Dordogne. Two that should not be missed are the Cathedrales of St. Front and Saint-Sacredos. The restorations in the area are beautiful.
Families will enjoy visiting LeBournat, a theme village, that mimics life in France around 1900. There is a working windmill at the site where flour is ground and can be purchased. Kids will love the fairgrounds with its antiquated ferris wheel and flying swings. Next door there is the Aquarium of Le Bugue.
Foodies will be in heaven when they visit Dordogne. Known for its foie gras, truffles, and heirloom strawberries, the fare in this region will satisfy even the pickiest diners.
Sports lovers will enjoy horse riding and pony trekking, canoeing and kayaking, and mountain biking. Before undertaking the extreme sports called canyoning and pot-holing visitors would be wise to understand the skill level and equipment that are needed.
The accommodations in Dordogne include luxury chateaux, villas and spa hotels, apartments, guest houses, private rooms, hostels, camping and camping bungalows. Gites, a term for holiday homes typically found in older farmhouse outbuildings or barns, are becoming popular in this locality. B&B’s are sometimes listed as chambre d’hotes. Hostels in Dordogne may be found under the category of budget hotels. Look for specialty hostels that are sensitive to the safety needs of females who are traveling alone and LGBT visitors. Eco-friendly hostels can also be found in the region.
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