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dwellings, come into view. By bike, on foot or on horseback, a number of circuits are designed

for visitors who would like to discover the land portrayed in Jacquou le Croquant or to immerse

themselves in past times, as is the case in Le Bournat. Early man made no mistake when he

settled here. To visit the Dordogne is also a way to slow down. Take the time to dream and

wander. Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire, a unique site in France, is an invitation to contemplation.

Les Jardins du Manoir d’Erignac, another ‘Remarkable Garden’, invite you to an 18th century

landscape. And with no fewer than 1500 centuries-old, hand-trimmed box hedges, the hanging

gardens of Marqueyssac are as romantic as you can imagine. Linger along their 6 km of shady

gardens and take in the majestic view over the valley from here.

A land of culinary delights and French art de vivre

The magic of this land is here to be savoured: it’s as easy as strolling through a market, admiring

the picturesque scenery, and sampling the luscious tastes that you’ll find in abundance. More

than anywhere else, the local products of this area are also world-renowned delicacies: enjoy

truffles, Monbazillac and Bergerac wines, walnuts, foie gras, strawberries and other delights.

You’ll especially appreciate them in this festive atmosphere featuring music, theatre and mime

festivals, as well as celebrations such as the knife fête in Nontron, where craftsmanship takes

pride of place.

In a word, the Périgord is a medley of indulgence and essentials. As the American Henry

Miller wrote:

‘France may one day exist no more, but the Dordogne will live on, just as dreams

live on and nourish the souls of men.’

Foie gras of the Périgord