Towns and Sightseeing

The Dordogne is blessed with a myriad of fascinating things to see

The Dordogne is blessed with a myriad of interesting towns and fascinating things to see, some of which are listed below.

Angouleme

Located on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente River, Angoulême was a fortified town for a long time. It was highly coveted so therefore suffered many sieges. From its tumultuous past, the city, perched on a rocky spur, inherited a large historical, religious, and urban heritage.

Aubeterre sur Dronne

Voted one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' Aubeterre sur Dronne has been built up on the hillside above the river. It has an amazing underground monolithic church hewn out from the rock.

The square has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from, it also hosts a market on Sunday mornings.

Canoes/Kayaks are available to hire at the beach to relax on and explore the river Dronne.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River. It is known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux.

Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. Visit the Cathedral and Pey-Berland Tower.

Also worth a visit is Saint-Emilion a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. It is a very unique site were world-famous wineries, fine wine, beautiful architecture and great monuments are a perfect match. In 1999 for the first time in the world a vineyard was written on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO as a Cultural Landscape, that is a historical landscape that has remained intact whilst still carrying on its activity.

Bergerac

Bergerac is found on the northern bank of the Dordogne River and is among the largest towns in the region.

The highlight of a trip to Bergerac is the old town - the 'vieille ville' area immediately north of the river. This part of the town has some lovely streets and squares and a variety of boutique type shops.

Brantome

Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne, the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture.

Cognac

Cognac is situated on the river Charente the majority of the town built on the river's left bank. It is famous for one of the world's best-known types of brandy.

Perigueux

The 'capital' of the Dordogne department is many miles from the Dordogne River; it is actually found on the Isle River. The town has been in existence since neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre.

The town suffered a great deal in the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War and therefore many buildings in the town date from the 16th century.

Poitiers

Poitiers is the regional capital and a university city, boasting a historical heritage of 2,000 years. Surrounded by the rivers Clain and Boivre, the promontory of Poitiers possesses a historic centre of great character, embellished by an exceptional number of monuments that evoke its rich medieval past. For a contemporary experience visit Futuroscope one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe!

Sarlat

A picturesque tangle of honey-coloured buildings, alleyways and secret squares, dating from both medieval and renaissance times, make up the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

 

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