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Introducing The Dordogne

Few regions sum up the attractions of France better than the Dordogne. With its rich food, heady history, château-studded countryside and picturesque villages, the Dordogne has long been a favourite getaway for Brits looking for a second home and French families on les grandes vacances. It's also famous for having some of France's finest prehistoric cave art, which litters the caverns and rock shelters of the Vézère Valley.

Known to the French as the Périgord, the region has been divided into four colour-coded areas: Périgord Blanc (white) after the limestone hills around the capital, Périgueux; Périgord Pourpre (purple) for the wine-growing regions around Bergerac; Périgord Vert (green) for the forested regions of the northwest; and Périgord Noir (black) for the dark oak forests around the Vézère Valley and Sarlat-la-Canéda.