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The Dordogne and its charming villages

How not to fall in love with the characterful villages of Périgord? The warm rays of the southwest sun highlight the yellow stone.

These villages and bastides are built on the banks of rivers, like the Dordogne, or clinging to the cliffs that overlook them.

Les Chalets du Périgord, campsite with spa in Sarlat, is the ideal starting point for exploring all these remarkable, picturesque villages steeped in history. 

The Dordogne and its most beautiful villages in France

The Dordogne is the second French department by its number of cities "Most beautiful villages of France". No less than 10 towns await you: 

Saint-Jean-de-Côle in the Green Périgord, Saint-Amand-de-Coly near Lascaux, then Domme, la Roque-Gageac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and Beynac along of the Dordogne, Limeuil at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Vézère, and finally Belvès and Monpazier to the south.

One of the characteristics of the constructions of Périgord is the roof of Lauze, a stack of flat stones which acts as a roof. This process can be observed in particular on the many bories that litter the territory.

La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac, a small village not to be missed 10 km south of Sarlat, is bathed in sunshine and illuminated. Its cobbled streets are magnificent and overlook many terraces while providing access to the Manoir de Tarde, the troglodyte fort and the Château de la Malartrie.

Nestled in the heart of the village, an oasis of freshness awaits you. A linear exotic garden was created by a palm enthusiast. you pass under arches of banana trees and among Canarian palms, papyrus, loquats and oleanders.

To take a step back and get an overview of the houses, embark on one of the gabarres which will guide you on the Dordogne to discover the castles and hanging gardens.

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The village of Domme is a former royal bastide which offers a breathtaking view of the Dordogne from its belvedere. You have the possibility of discovering its alleys on foot or aboard the little tourist train.

Once you have passed through the gates of the citadel, set off to discover the small picturesque shops, the old windmill, the Oustal eco-museum and from the promenade of the cliffs.

Surprisingly for a perched village in Périgord, Domme has its concretion cave located under the central halle. You have 450m of coolness while admiring the draperies, basins and stalactites.

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The village of Beynac is located 10 km south-west of Sarlat, on the banks of the Dordogne. Its cobbled streets lead to its castle and when you turn around during the ascent, you can only admire its panorama over the Dordogne.

This magnificent medieval village, behind its fortified gates, is home to typical dwellings with slate roofs, a seigniorial chapel, a Calvary and its castle > from where you can see the river and the other surrounding castles.

To discover the village in a different way, take to the skies aboard a hot-air balloon or paddle down the Dordogne in a canoe.

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