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Top Choice Historic Site in Montignac

Grotte de Lascaux

France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings are at the Grotte de Lascaux, 2km southeast of Montignac. Naturally sealed and protected for millennia, it was discovered in 1940 by four teenage boys searching for th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte de Font de Gaume

This extraordinary cave contains the only original polychrome (as opposed to single colour) paintings still open to the public. About 14,000 years ago, prehistoric artists created the gallery of more than 200 delica…
Top Choice Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de Castelnaud

The massive ramparts and metre-thick crenellated walls of this quintessential medieval fortress (occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War) contain an elaborate museum of medieval warfare with displays of…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte de Rouffignac

Hidden in woodland 18km north of Les Eyzies, this tri-level cave is one of the most complex and rewarding to see in the Dordogne. Board an electric train to explore a 1km maze of tunnels in the massive cavern plungi…
Top Choice Museum in Périgueux

Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna

Part of the park that contains the Tour de Vésone, this sleek museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel encompasses a 1st-century Roman domus (townhouse) uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-an…
Top Choice Gardens in La Roque Gageac

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Garden fans won’t want to miss these famous manicured gardens, stretching along a rocky bluff overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Signposted paths lead through painstakingly clipped box hedges and decorative topiary to…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Trémolat

Le Vieux Logis

Folks come from far and wide for chef Vincent Arnould’s refined, beautifully presented creative cuisine of the Périgord. The ceiling soars over the elegant dining room, or dine alfresco under a canopy of sculpted tr…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Périgueux

L’Essentiel

At Michelin-starred L’Essentiel, it feels like you're dining inside an aristocratic friend’s living room, with floral wallpaper and orange velour chairs providing a suitably posh setting for Périgueux’ top gourmet c…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte des Combarelles

This narrow, very long cave 1.5km east of Font de Gaume was the first rediscovered in the valley, in 1901, and is renowned for its animal engravings. Look out for mammoths, horses and reindeer, and human figures, as…
Top Choice Market in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Weekly Markets

For an introductory French market experience, visit Sarlat’s heavily touristed Saturday market, which takes over the streets around Cathédrale St-Sacerdos. Depending on the season, delicacies include local mushrooms…