Where does one start when it comes to Tourist Attractions in the Dordogne?. There are more attractions, than there are people living in the Dordogne. What makes Dordogne absolutely unique, is that within just 30 minutes drive, you can go from the stunning Medieval towns & villages in the Dordogne Valley, and cross into the Vezere Valley, riddled with Prehistoric caves, shelters, troglodytes, cave art and more than 160 UNESCO sites of interest.
We have put together just a very small list of some amazing attractions the Dordogne has to offer.
- Chateau de Beynac
The Château de Beynac is a castle situated in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordogne département of France. The castle is one of the best preserved and most well-known in the region. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River.
Perched with hillside on left bank of the Dordogne, Castelnaud dominates the small borough coiled with its feet. Its former owners, vassal of kings of England, opposed a long time to their neighbors, the lords de Beynac, faithful to kings de France. If the protagonists of these remote quarrels have all disappeared, the two fortresses always continue their immutable face to face, like a mineral challenge with the lapse of memory and the ravages of time.
- Chateau des Milandes
In 1489, François de Caumont, Lord of Castelnaud, a fortress a little further along the valley, built the Milandes castle, at his wife, Claude De Cardaillac’s request as she was depressed by the austere atmosphere of the Castelnaud castle. Les Milandes, or Mirandes as it used to be pronounced referring to its site which has a delightful view over the valley, was thus used as the permanent, and preferred, residence of the De Caumont family until 1535, at which time it became their second home, due, mainly to the fact that they were spending more and more time at the Court of Versailles.
- Font de Gaume
Located in Les Eyzies, on the Sarlat road, Font-de-Gaume Cave is a showpiece of Magdalenian engravings and paintings from around 14 000 BC. The flints (chisels, scrapers, blades) and other things found in the cave during the excavations testify to a continual occupation since the Mousterian age, or the age of the Neanderthals.
- Forte de Reignac
A stone’s throw from the Vézère, across from a ford, prehistoric men settled here more than 20.000 years ago. Preserved in exceptional condition and fully furnished with period furniture, it is the only monument of its kind in France, a “Château falaise” fully intact.
Listed a historical monument, this is the strangest, most secret, most extraordinary, and also the most mysterious of all the Périgord châteaux.
- Château de Commarque
The Beune Valley has been occupied for a very long time. Around Commarque, prehistoric man has left numerous traces of his passage. Not far from the site at Commarque, Paleolithic man left two female statuettes known as the Venus of Sireuil and the Venus of Laussel.
On the other side of the valley, in the shelter at Cap Blanc, one can admire a frieze of prehistoric sculptures. Under Commarque Castle there is a cave where Magdalenian man carved animals on the wall, notably a very beautiful life-sized horse (not open to the public).