More than any other region of France or Europe, Périgord offers marvels for all tastes. This old countryside situated in the heart of the sunny south-west is the ideal region to spend ones holidays, a magical kingdom which will enchant all those who visit it.
Under the reign of English kings from the Middle Ages, Périgord was the theatre to the 100 year war, and the traces can be found everywhere ; fortified churches, over 1000 castles and bastides, fortified towns built by the French and also the English to defend themselves. The best examples of these towns being Monpazier and Domme.
The Périgord can rightly be regarded as one of the most beautiful provinces in all of France. Everything there is worth seeing: the landscapes, intimate rather than vast, are sublime in their simplicity; endlessly undulating, with forests of chestnut trees separated by valleys which, once seen, are never forgotten: Dordogne, Vézère, Isle, Dronne; here are villages which remain intact, with sturdy old roofs whose tiles are burnished with age and scorched by the sun, not to mention countless châteaux.
According to legend: when the good Lord had finished strewing turrets and manor houses throughout the kingdom of France, he realised that far too many still remained in his basket. So he offloaded them with a thrust of his shoulder and, as luck would have it, those that were left were tipped into the Périgord!.
The Dordogne has no fewer than 1,500 châteaux, mansions and manor houses! This land rich in prehistoric remains which draws visitors from around the world is also the site of important vestiges of the Gallo Roman period, while the Roman era bequeathed almost 800 fortified churches to the Périgord, such as Saint Amand de Coly, Trémolat and Paunat, as well as other buildings. The sheer beauty, profusion and diversity of the monuments are very evident, for the Périgord embodies a veritable digest of the history of art in France. The relaxed rhythm of life that exists there today, together with the worldwide reputation of its gastronomy, make it an unforgettable location for your next holiday! Well aware of this singular state of affairs, the seventeenth century historian De Thou coined the following delightful adage: This land is so full of nobility that it can hardly contain it all.