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Charming Cities and Villages

The Périgord is made up of a great number of villages with character such as the bastide

of Domme, which offers one of the most spectacular views over the Dordogne Valley; or

Brantôme, also known as the ‘Venice of the Périgord’, sweetly coiled around a meander of the

Dronne. Saint-Jean-de-Cole features half-timbered houses topped with charming brown roof

tiles; Sarlat offers a labyrinth of historic lanes; and Bergerac – of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ fame, a

character depicted by Edmond Rostand – are also not to be missed. Périgueux, with its famous

Saint-Front Cathedral crowned with five domes, has been honoured for decades by religious

pilgrims on their way along the route of Santiago de Compostela.

190 Tourist sites, valleys, rivers and views to discover

In addition to its inestimable treasures, the Périgord features an array of landscapes, gently

rolling hills and waterways. As you drift along the Dordogne River in a historic cargo barge or

canoe, the cliffs of the villages of Beynac and la Roque Gageac, as well as various troglodyte

The village of Saint Geniès

Via ferrata – Marqueyssac gardens