The enchanted valleys of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers

Welcome to the beating heart of Périgord, where rivers meander gracefully through valleys imbued with mystery and beauty. The Dordogne and Vézère valleys, UNESCO World Heritage sites, are natural gems that reveal a past rich in history, art and wonder.

The Dordogne Valley: Gentle hills, splendid castles

Kayak to Beynac castle from the Dordogne river

When you think of the Dordogne Valley, your mind wanders to landscapes where the tranquility of the hills meets the majesty of the castles. The Dordogne River, sinuous and powerful, is the common thread running through a region of renowned vineyards, picturesque villages and fortresses that seem to emerge from fairy tales.

Villages such as Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac, clinging to the cliffs, offer breathtaking views over the valley. Castles, silent witnesses to the region’s tumultuous history, evoke medieval elegance and Renaissance grandeur. Every corner of the Dordogne Valley tells a story, a chronicle where time seems to have stood still, the better to preserve the beauty of this corner of paradise.

The Vézère Valley: Prehistoric and Artistic Sanctuary

The Vézère valley

The winding, mysterious Vézère Valley is a sanctuary revealing the secrets of humanity’s prehistoric and artistic past. Known as the “Valley of Man”, it is home to some exceptional prehistoric sites, several of which are listed as World Heritage Sites. The Lascaux caves, artistic masterpieces dating back thousands of years, captivate visitors with their astonishingly fine cave paintings.

The rock shelters and decorated caves of the Vézère Valley tell the story of the first men who left their artistic mark in dazzling works of art. Sites such as Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, La Roque Saint-Christophe, the village of La Madeleine, Grotte de Rouffignac and Fond de Gaume offer a fascinating plunge into the past, evoking a time when cave art was the primary form of expression.

The Harmonious Confluence: Two Valleys, A World Heritage Site

The Vézère cingle

The meeting of the waters of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers at Limeuil, a village classified as one of France’s most beautiful, creates a natural symbiosis that makes this region unique in the world. The inclusion of these valleys on the UNESCO World Heritage List bears witness to their exceptional cultural and ecological importance.

The richness of the Dordogne and Vézère Valleys is not limited to their listed sites. Picturesque markets, culinary traditions, peaceful rivers and steep cliffs all contribute to the magic of this region. Outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and nature lovers will find here a land of plenty, where every lane, every panorama, every story tells a part of the Dordogne’s rich heritage.

Come and lose yourself in these enchanted valleys, where every moment reveals a new facet of the splendour of Périgord, a land that combines the grandeur of its past with the eternal beauty of its landscapes.