Holidays in South West & The Dordogne
Why Visit South West & The Dordogne
With vineyards from Bordeaux to Duras, the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides and the gently undulating landscape of the Lot-et-Garonne, this region is loved for its countryside – and since the end of the Hundred Years' War in 1453, English interest in this green and pleasant land has remained strong; it’s been a popular expat destination ever since.
Although communities have evolved and expanded, medieval old towns remain their heart and soul. In Bergerac, you’ll find ancient squares full of flowers, cafés and restaurants along with the 12th-century cloisters of the Maison des Vins de Bergerac. Meanwhile, a trip to Montauban is incomplete without a visit to its fortified Église Saint-Jacques and the 14th-century brick bridge, Pont Vieux. Périgueux, however, twins its medieval, half-timbered heritage with Roman remains including a temple.
More Than A Rich History
If you don’t make it out to the Charente-Maritime, some of France’s loveliest coastline, there are inland beaches by lakes and rivers. Weekly markets, including those in Monpazier and Sarlat, display an abundance of seasonal goodies and gourmet curiosities – and wine tasting across the region is essential. The food is delicious, with duck and goose as the firm favourites, as well as truffles, cèpes and abundant fruit and vegetables from the Lot-et-Garonne.