Delicious food, beautiful natural valleys, famous castles, exquisite gardens, some of France’s most beautiful small towns, outdoor activities in abundance, and prehistoric discoveries – those are just some of the reasons to visit Dordogne. If you’re planning a trip to France’s famous and historical Dordogne region this summer, I’ve got an incredible list for you. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots in all of France and I’ve compiled a list of no less than 40 of the best things to do while you’re there.

I also have a separate article on the best things to do with kids in Dordogne which you should check out if you’re traveling as a family! There are plenty of fun attractions and activities for young and not-so-young. Also, if you’re confused about where the best places to base yourself to discover Dordogne – my article will help you choose the right place

I divided the list into categories like gastronomy and heritage for you to easily find what you’re looking for. Let’s dive into the best things to do in Dordogne.

The best places to visit in Dordogne – Heritage and charm 

Visit Sarlat-la-Canéda – the most beautiful town in Dordogne

Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of France’s most stunning medieval towns with incredible sights, food, and history. It’s one of the liveliest destinations in the Dordogne region with plenty of attractions and important landmarks. The town is thought to have originated around the 11th century and many buildings still standing today are from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. It’s a history aficionado’s paradise! But also a foodie heaven with an incredible amount of restaurants and gastronomic shops.

Sarlat host one of th best markets in Sarlat
The market of Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Head to the Sarlat market, the biggest and best food market in all of Southwest France! On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the city center comes alive with bustling market vendors and smells of food fill the air. You can also take a market food tour, for the full gastronomic experience. 

If you want to learn more, check out my comprehensive guide on everything to do, eat, and see in Sarlat.

Explore the Lascaux caves and their prehistoric art

The Lascaux cave is an archaeological treasure unveiling captivating paintings and engravings dating back over 17,000 years. You should know that the original caves were closed to the public in 1963. This decision was made to protect the delicate and ancient cave paintings from harmful effects such as changes in temperature and humidity. However, the extraordinary replicas are very accurate and worth the visit.

Only a limited number of people can enter Lascaux so I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance. There’s usually only one tour in English a day so make sure you choose the right language when booking. Lascaux II is open from April to November. If you’re staying in Sarlat you can also take a guided tour that includes a visit to the Lascaux caves and the prehistoric town of Les Eyzies which is next on our list. 

Visit Les Eyzies and its prehistoric sites

Les Eyzies de Tayac is probably the best place to start to find out why Dordogne is so popular – it’s known as the prehistoric center of France! Set in the center of the Vézère valley in Dordogne, Les Eyzies is one of the most important towns in all of France. It’s known as the global prehistoric capital due to the many caves, underground dwellings, and drawings from that period. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, this town of less than 1,000 residents receives close to a million visitors every year. 

If you, like those one million tourists, are fond of history, then Les Eyzies – situated among 400,000 years of human history – is the place for you. It’s perfectly located for a day trip in Dordogne, just a 25-minute drive from Sarlat-la-Canéda and Beynac. If you’re staying in Sarlat, you can take a private day trip that will help you discover some of Les Eyzies’ highlights.

Discover some of the most beautiful villages in all of France 

10 of Dordogne’s villages are labeled as the official most beautiful villages in France by the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association. And even this impressive number doesn’t come close to the actual number of stunning villages and towns Dordogne has to offer. 

If you only have a few days in the region, think about taking a tour that will take you to some of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne. This half-day tour, for example, will offer you a visit to Beynac and Domme and a boat ride on traditional gabarre at La Roque Gageac.

Beynac et Cazenac on of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne
Beynac et Cazenac – by Lost in Bordeaux

I have a detailed guide to the most beautiful villages in Dorodge, but here are just a few highlights: Beynac-et-Cazenac is possibly the most famous village in the region offering breathtaking views, yellow-stoned houses, and cobblestoned streets soaked in history. La Roque-Gageac is a fairytale-like village built into the limestone cliffs cascading down into the river and goes back as far as the 12th century. Most of the kayaking trips on the Dordogne River pass through this La Roque-Gageac, which is another great way to explore it.

Domme is adored by locals and expats living in the region for its peaceful charm, beautiful architecture, and dreamy views. Dating back to the 13th century, Domme was once a strategic defense lookout during the Hundred Years War between France and England.

Visit some of the most impressive castles in the region

France is one of the best countries in the world for visiting castles, or châteaux in French. There are an estimated 45,000 castles, each holding a special place in the country’s history. Dordogne, famous for its medieval castles and fortified towns, is said to be home to 1001 châteaux.

Summers at the castles are wonderfully festive as many of them host events, child-friendly adventures and games, night markets, musical evenings, and even candlelit picnics. Whether you’re looking for romance or family fun, the châteaux of Dordogne have it all!

Château de Castelnaud - best castles to visit in Dordogne
Château de Castelnaud- Lost in Bordeaux

I have a detailed guide on the best castles in Dordogne where you can see photos and find ticket information, but here’s a summary of my favorite, not-to-miss châteaux in the region: Château de Beynac, Château de Castelnaud, Château de Milandes (more details on this fabulous castle down below), Château de Hautefort, Château de Commarque, Château et Jardins de Losse, Château de Marzac. The list goes on! See my full list here.

See the house Josephine Baker used to live in

Château de Milandes, a charming, dainty, Gothic château was built in 1489 by the Caumont family. In the 1940s, American-born dancer, entertainer, WWll resistance agent, and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker, bought the castle. She lived there with her husband and grew her family, adopting 12 children and working for the French resistance movement during the Second World War. 

Today, you can see incredible displays detailing Joséphine’s life at Milandes, including stage costumes and stories about her life. That’s what attracts most of the visitors to the impressive Château de Milandes. 

There is also a magnificent garden, a very pretty chapel, a parakeet aviary, and fantastic birds of prey shows. Children can do falconry workshops and feed exotic birds, play with swords in a musketeer workshop, and feed goats while adults can also participate in a range of fun, educational activities all summer long.

Visit Rocamadour

One of the most popular places to visit in the Dordogne valley is Rocamadour, an important pilgrimage destination. Located about an hour from Sarlat, Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is also famous for its delicious cheese.

Rocamadour - one of the best places to visit in tne Dordogne Valley

Today, the village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is very busy! There’s one main street in the village and it’s extremely touristy with plenty of restaurants and shops of local gastronomy and souvenirs. But in my opinion, it’s so moving and mesmerizing that you can still enjoy it even when it’s very crowded. There’s a guided tour going from Sarlat to Rocamadour, which is recommended especially if you want to avoid renting a car.

Go underground at Gouffre de Padirac

The Padirac cave is a remarkable natural wonder located near Rocamadour in the neighboring department of Lot. It is an immense underground chasm that offers a unique and breathtaking experience for visitors.  Descending into its depths, you’ll navigate an underground river and marvel at the stunning rock formations. The highlight of the visit is the Grand Dome, a vast cavern surrounding a serene underground lake.

Before you leave, don’t miss the “Cœur de Gouffre”, a heart-shaped chamber, creating a stunning window to the outside world. Buy your tickets and see opening dates and times here.

Uncover the Capital of Purple Perigord – Bergerac 

Bergerac is the capital of the southern part of the Dordogne, Périgord Pourpre, named after the colors of its wines. The town is considered one of the best places to base yourself while exploring the Dordogne region. The town boasts a beautiful medieval old town with winding lanes, charming squares, and cute boutiques. Not only does it have a stunning and very lively city center but Bergerac is also surrounded by an impressive number of medieval villages, castles, and wineries. 

You can’t miss my comprehensive list of what to do and where to eat in Bergerac.

Visit a famous French philosopher’s castle and get a free wine-tasting 

Michel de Montaigne, better known as simply Montaigne, was a French Renaissance philosopher and writer. The château where he lived and died is located between Bordeaux and the heart of Dordogne and is a wonderful visit for the whole family. Your ticket to tour the castle and the vast gardens also includes a free wine tasting of the wines made on the property.

There is a play area for kids, a place to picnic outside when it’s warm, various activities and workshops for adults and kids alike, and a wine shop to keep you entertained. Book your tickets here.

Chateau Montaigne - a beautiful castle to visit near Bergerac
Chateau Montaigne – by Lost in Bordeaux

A day trip to Eymet and the 1000 Games caste

Located in the Bergerac region about 100 km from Bordeaux, Eymet is less famous than some of the villages in the Sarlat region, but this cute little village with its picturesque houses and abundance of restaurants is a great option for a day trip.

Eymet is a rather lively little town with plenty of restaurants and a small cultural scene. I have an entire article about the perfect day out in Eymet – you should head over to the article and see what I recommend to do in the village.

Restaurants in Eymet Dordogne
Eymet – by Lost in Bordeaux

While you’re there, you can’t miss Chateau de Bridoire – the castle of games. Château de Bridoire is located at the heart of the Monbazillac wine region about 15 minutes by car from Eymet. The beautiful château is a private historical monument dating back to the 15th century. 

Discover the white city of Périgueux

Périgueux, nestled in the white Perigord area of Dordogne, is the official capital of Dordogne. I find this city particularly pretty and unique in the region and it’s one of my favorite places to go back to. Every Saturday the town hosts one of the best markets in the region. 

Perigeux one of the most beautiful cities in Dordogne
The beautiful Perigeux – Lost in Bordeaux

The city is a bit far from the main landmarks that first-comers to Dordogne tend to visit like Sarlat and many of the prehistoric sites. It takes about an hour to get to Sarlat, Lascaux, and Les Eyzies. But it’s an amazing base for discovering the less-known parts of the Dordogne department, especially if it’s not your first time in the region.

Take a trip to Brantôme – the Venice of Dordogne

The charming town, nicknamed the Venice of Perigord, is located in Green Perigord, the northern and less discovered part of the Dordogne department. Brantôme is home to the Benedictine abbey, which together with its 11th-century Romanesque bell tower is considered one of the most important sites in Perigord’s heritage.

Brantome en Perigord - the highlight of green Perigord
Brantôme – a stunning place in Perigord Vert – Lost in Bordeaux

The town is situated in the Dronne Valley where you can enjoy various activities from kayaking to beautiful villages and stunning castles. A famously charming town loved by tourists, Brantôme is busiest in July and August. Brantome is a great place to stay in the summer season, with plenty of fun summer activities.

Best parks and outdoor adventures in Dordogne 

A kayaking adventure on the Dordogne River

This is one of the most fun activities to do in Dordogne, whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, or a group of friends. With its gentle currents and breathtaking surroundings, the river offers a perfect setting for a family-friendly water escapade. 

Kayaking on the Dordogne river - one of the best day trips in Dordogne
Kayaking / Canoeing near Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Along the banks of the Dordogne River, you’ll find kayaking clubs dotted throughout the villages, offering an array of routes suitable for all ages. Explore the most enchanting villages near Sarlat, such as Castelnaud-la-Chapelle or Beynac, which also conveniently have kayaking clubs where you can pick one up. 

Here’s my article about the best kayaking clubs in Dordogne and if you’re staying around Sarlat/ Domme –  here’s a good one for canoe/ kayak rental

Discover exquisite French gardens

The French have a long history of exquisite gardens and have produced some of the most renowned landscape architects in the world. Dordogne is home to an astounding number of stunning gardens. In fact, there are so many to visit, I have an entire article on the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne.

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac on of the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Here are some of my personal favorites: Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins, Les Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil, Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson-Lavilledie, Château et jardins de Losse, and many more.

Cycle along the Vezere River

Starting from Les Eyzies, there’s a fantastic new biking route that follows the Vézère river called La Voie Verte. You can take an easy ride along the river to Le Bugue (another city worth visiting) or continue to Limeuil, one of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne. Here’s a bike rental place with a snack bar I recommend located in Les Eyzies near the river.

Take your kids to a history-themed amusement park

Take a voyage back in time to 1900 at Parc du Bournat, a theme park for the whole family built like a historical village. Through rides, activities, and games, you’ll discover the animal island with a petting zoo and a mini farm as well as how to bake in the old-fashioned way and craft a variety of handmade leather, metal, and pottery goods. There are also rides and a funfair as well as guided tours, or you can simply stroll through the ancient village and be transported back in time.

Buy your tickets and find out more information on the opening hours here. Read my article for more ideas for things to do with kids in Dordogne.

Le Bournat - one of the best attractions for kids in the Dordogne region
Discover how walnuts oil is produced- Le Bournat Park

Fly over valleys and rivers on a hot air balloon

A hot-air balloon trip in Dordogne is a once-in-a-lifetime magical experience for families and friends of all ages. The trip will take you up into the air and you’ll soar over the castles of Beynac, Castelnaud, Les Milandes, and La Roque Gageac, and go low over the rooftops of some of France’s most beautiful villages. Prepare for one of the most breathtaking, romantic rides you’ll ever experience!

At this link you can check out the trip details and book your tickets.

Go to one of the river beaches in Dordogne

Just because you’re not at the seaside, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, sunny beach days! Along the riverbanks of the Dordogne, you’ll find plenty of cute beach spots where you can cool down on a hot day. 

Here are some of the best beaches on the Dordogne River that you can visit from Sarlat: Limeuil, La Plage du Port in Creysse, Vitrac, Magali Plage, Meyraguet, Lanzac, Plage du Pont de Vicq.

Go to a river beach in Dordogne
A beach on the Dordogne river – Lost in Bordeaux

Skydive over the Dordogne Valley

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not jump from an aircraft at 3,500 meters over the Dordogne Valley? This tandem skydiving experience is bound to get your blood pulsing. Anyone over the age of 15 is welcome and it’s okay for all fitness levels. From the Sarlat-Domme airfield, in the heart of the Dordogne valley classified as a World Biosphere Reserve, you’ll take off on your half-day adventure.

You’ll enjoy the incredible sensations of free falling while looking over all the rivers, valleys, villages, and castles of the beautiful Périgord. You can even get photos and videos taken of your exploit. Book your tickets here.

Sky Diving in Dordogne France
Sky Diving in Dordogne – Credit: Manawa

Take an old-fashioned ride on a steam train

What’s better than a fun trip in an old-fashioned steam train with sweeping views over the Dordogne valley? Check out this great activity, where you get to ride a historical steam locomotive from Martel. Grab the best seat and get ready for a 13 km round trip along the edge of cliffs over 200m above the Dordogne valley. This is a very fun activity to do with kids. 

Historical steam locomotive from Martel - one of the best attractions with kids in Dordogne
Historical steam locomotive from Martel – Lost in Bordeaux

Get your heart rate up with wakeboarding, water skiing or kneeboarding

If you’re feeling adventurous, I could have just the activity for you this summer! Located in Lanouaille in the northern part of Dordogne, this leisure center has great water sports options. There is a cable that pulls you along the water and you can choose from different kinds of sports. You can also choose whether you just want to do one hour or get a half- or full-day session.

The bonus? One of the operators in this activity is the official French wakeboarding team’s coach! So you’ll get great tips and advice to improve your form and have the best time ever.

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The best gastronomic experiences in Dordogne 

Feast your way through Dordogne’s most delicious markets

Dordogne is home to some of the best markets in France and luckily for you, there are several of them happening daily in different villages and towns in the department. As I previously mentioned, Sarlat is seen as the best market in the region ( taking place every Wed and Sat) but there are many other amazing ones like the Saturday market in Perigueux, Terrasson-Lavilledieu on a Thursday, or Le Bugue market on Tuesday.

A typical morning market in Dordogne, France
A typical morning market in Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

In the summer the region also hosts great night markets with one of the best ones happening every Friday in  Les Eyzies. 

Have fun and learn something new at a cooking workshop

At Sara and Ian’s old stone farmhouse in the heart of rural Dordogne, you’ll find a charming holiday spot with great cooking classes. As a former chef, Ian enjoys giving cooking classes using some of the region’s most famed and delicious delicacies. Anyone aged 5 and over is welcome! 

The cooking experiences/ workshops are offered daily from May to October – you can see details and book directly online here

Indulge your taste buds at a Michelin-starred restaurant

 If you’re a foodie, Dordogne is the place for you. Not only can you enjoy the countless local markets and wineries, but you can experience French haute gastronomie in one of the region’s many Michelin-starred restaurants.

The French are known around the world for their culinary genius, and in this region, you can taste some of the most skilled chefs in the country whipping up local delicacies. Use this link to search for restaurants and their menus – you can see where they’re located on the map and filter by price or type of cuisine.

Visit a working farm in Dordogne 

Visiting a working farm is a wonderful way to discover a new region, meet locals, and experience regional food and drinks.

This website is dedicated to helping you find the perfect farm to visit. You can choose whether you want to taste local food and drinks, sleepover, or participate in activities. You’ll also find information on current markets, fairs, and other events that the farms host during the summer months.

A visit and a picnic at a farm in Dordogne
A visit and a picnic at a farm in Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Attend one of Dordogne’s famous gastronomic events

Dordogne hosts plenty of fun events and festivals all year long, and they usually include good food and drinks along with the fun! Apart from different food festivals, Dordogne also hosts many music, art, and theater events you don’t want to miss. I have an entire article detailing the best events, but here are some of my favorites:

The truffle festival in Sarlat, the Châteaux En Fête across the region where many castles have pop-up festivals, the strawberry festival in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the flower festival in Saint-Jean-de-Cole. That’s just to name a few! Check out the full list here – including some bonus festivals for day trips from Dordogne.

Go wine tasting in the Bergerac region

If you have a couple of days in Bergerac, you absolutely can’t miss the surrounding wineries. While Bergerac wine is not as famous as the Bordeaux wine region, locals and wine professionals know all about the Bergerac wines. They are excellent value for money and great for a change from the more upmarket Bordeaux wines. 

Bergerac wines are often softer and easier to drink for everyday pleasure than wines you would age for a long time. Whether you like red, white, or rosé, you can find it all around Bergerac! Domaine du Haut Pécharmant is a great winery if you want to try different types of wine in one place. 

Here’s my article with the best day trips from Bergerac, where I included some of the best wineries to visit in the region. 

Learn how Caviar is made

If you plan on spending any time in between Bergerac and Périgueux, the small town of Neuvic has a great day trip I’d highly recommend. Caviar is one of France’s tastiest delicacies – here you can go behind the scenes to see how it’s made at a sturgeon fish farm and enjoy a caviar tasting led by professionals!

You can book this great guided 2-hour tour during which you’ll learn the ins and outs of local caviar production, with professional fish-breeders on hand to share their expertise. You’ll end the visit with a caviar tasting, sampling the estate’s local products—including sturgeon rillettes and caviar butter—over a glass of sparkling wine.

A visit to a Caviar farm in Neuvic Dordogne
Cavian de Neuvic – Lost in Bordeaux

Join a walnut oil workshop

Walnuts are one of the Dordogne’s most famous delicacies and the quality and taste are unparalleled. Spend a morning discovering the trade of the miller during this 2-hour workshop, during which you get to make your own walnut oil. You’ll learn authentic know-how and the entire process of transforming walnut shells into oil.

You can choose between a workshop near Périgueux or the same one near Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Discover local duck delicacies

Dordogne, like the rest of France, is famous for its gastronomy. You’ll notice that many of the points in this article are centered on food or drinks! Whilst it was the ancient Egyptians who discovered it, Foie Gras is considered an institution in the south-west of France. The Dordogne region is renowned for being the capital of this gourmet product, which is often served on special occasions.

Duck is considered a specialty in itself too, with the breasts, legs, and wings all claiming their rightful place at the table. The breasts (magrets de canard) are grilled to perfection whilst the legs and wings are preserved in the fat and served confit-style; both are a staple in Dordogne. There are tons of epiceries or delis and restaurants in every village where you can taste duck and how the locals cook it. You won’t be disappointed.

Art, yoga, antiques, and summer fun in Dorodnge

Shop at an antique market

France is known for its antiques, and the markets where you can buy all those fantastic vintage items are called brocantes. Dordogne is home to plenty of great antique markets! You’ll have a fun day out perusing the clothes, paintings, glassware, crockery, and silverware that dates back sometimes decades.

Check out this website to filter your search for brocantes near where you’ll be staying on your vacation.

Amazing brocantes/ antique markets in Dordogne
Cute stuff I find in brocantes in the Dordogne department

La Route des Métiers d’Art

Throughout the Périgord artists, artisanal creators, and designers work all year long. There is a website dedicated to showing you where they all are located along your vacation route – called La Route des Métiers d’Art. You can choose which ones you want to visit and make day trips out of the discovery. There are sculptors, jewelry designers, painters, glass blowers, potters, and many more artisans, all of whom invite you to visit their studios or boutiques.

One of the most beautiful villages on that route is Limeuil. Limeuil is a medieval town, built at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers and used to be an important port town. You can spend a full day here, exploring the stone houses on the small side streets rising from the banks of the river to the top of the hill.

A pottery market in Limeuil , Dordogne
A pottery market in Limeuil , Dordogne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Get in touch with your inner yogi – and with nature

If you’re looking for a zen, peaceful trip to calm your mind and relax your body, this retreat is made for you. A 4-day yoga and meditation retreat with nature walks in the Dordogne, this trip is sure to make you feel like a new person!

With daily morning meditation, 2 daily classes, a creative art and mindful group project, and guided forest walks, you’re sure to have a relaxing 4 days. And the bonus is you’ll discover a beautiful part of Dordogne between the villages of Tocane-Saint-Apre and Douchapt.

I recommend you book early and it’s usually booked way in advance!

Indulge in a spa day

Nuxe, one of France’s most loved pharmaceutical beauty and skincare brands, has a wonderful spa in Dordogne that would be a shame to miss. At Domaine de Rochebois, situated just a short drive from Sarlat-la-Canéda, you’ll find a beautiful hotel, golf estate, restaurants and the Nuxe spa.

Treat yourself to a day of tranquility and relaxation with wonderful treatments, delicious-smelling products, and a lovely lunch with sweeping views over the Dordogne Valley.

A relaxing day at the Spa of Domaine de Rochebois
A relaxing day at the Spa of Domaine de Rochebois – by Lost in Bordeaux

Enjoy Dordogne’s vibey night markets

Dordogne comes alive in summer and the fun doesn’t stop, even carrying on into the evenings with food and family fun. Night markets are a perfect way to discover small villages in the Southwest of France and get a nice dose of French rural vibes on the way. Stalls of regional delicacies, live music, and happy tipsy locals in a beautiful setting: an experience you don’t want to miss.

I have a whole article on the best night markets in the Southwest of France which you should definitely check out to get more details. There are usually at least 3-4 different markets taking place daily in different villages all around the Dordogne department, you just have to choose the ones closest to where you’re staying. You can find all of them on the websites of the Bergerac tourist office and Perigord Noir tourist office.

Best day trips from Dordogne

Take a day trip to Bordeaux, the world’s wine capital

No trip to Dordogne is complete without at least a stopover in Bordeaux. I’m biased because Bordeaux is my home, but it’s one of the most busy, beautiful, buzzing, alluring cities in all of Europe.

I’ve got a ton of articles dedicated to Bordeaux and its surroundings, including where to eat, events coming up, the best wineries to visit, and which museums to see. You can find my very detailed guide to a weekend in Bordeaux here.

The beautiful town of Bordeaux
The center of Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

Some of my most highly recommended things to do and see while you’re there include: a walking, cycling, or boat tour in Bordeaux, Visiting a famous Bordeaux winery, Trying local, traditional dishes at various markets and restaurants, and more. Here’s my comprehensive list of the 50 best things to do and see in Bordeaux.

Visit the world-famous Saint-Émilion and its wineries 

Saint Emilion, one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, is home to more than 800 wineries. Thousands of hectares of vines surround the medieval village making the landscape an unforgettable scenery. But beyond the wine, the village is worth a visit because of its charming beauty, ancient architecture, and fascinating history. Today, the stunning Saint-Émilion is listed as a heritage site by UNESCO. It’s no wonder it attracts more than a million tourists every year. 

I’ve compiled a detailed guide on what to do, where to eat, and what to see when in Saint-Émilion here. In the article, I also go into detail on how to visit wineries, plan tours, and experience wine tastings.

If you plan to spend a night in Saint Emilion, here’s my guide to the best hotels

what to do in Saint emilion
Saint Emilion – lost in Bordeaux

Check out distilleries in the beautiful Cognac

Renowned for its celebrated brandy, Cognac is definitely a highlight for alcohol enthusiasts. But Cognac is more than just its spirits – it’s a captivating region boasting picturesque landscapes, delectable cuisine, and a myriad of attractions waiting to be discovered.

If you’re there to taste cognac, once referred to as the ‘nectar of the gods’ by French writer Victor Hugo, you have to see this article about the best distilleries to visit. 

Discover the Lot department nearby 

The Lot department is located slightly southeast of Dordogne, but a very close drive from some of Dordogne’s most beautiful villages. If you’ve got some spare time during your Dordogne vacation, I recommend taking a day trip to discover Lot. I’ve already recommended the famous village of Rocamadour, but there are many more places to discover in Lot. 

The capital of the Lot department, Cahors is located within an hour’s drive from famous destinations in the region like Sarlat and Rocamadour. The town is known for its regional food delicacies, such as truffles and foie gras. Martel, the town with the steam train, is also a pleasant little town to visit.

If you prefer to take a guided tour, there’s this trip, which takes you on one of the best hikes in all of the Dordogne Valley. Starting with a guided tour of the picturesque village of Loubressac, you then move on to hike along the cliff of Autoire, passing along castles and waterfalls on your way. It’s a lovely day outdoors for the whole family.

Carennac - a stunning village in Lot, France
Carennac – a stunning village in Lot – Lost in Bordeaux

I hope you enjoyed my list of best things to do in Dordogne and no matter how much time you’re going to travel there just remember to pause and enjoy the charm and beauty this region has.

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