Dordogne and Lot & Garonne
The departments of Dordogne
capital Périgueux -
- capital Agen - stretch from the low-lying Atlantic coastal
plain to the
foothills of the Massif Central on the borders with the Limousin
region. The area has long been popular with visitors from Britain,
Holland and other parts of Europe, as well as Parisians, many of whom
have retired to this part of rural France and renovated old country
cottages as gites.
In much of the region,
traditional houses are built in the local honey-coloured limestone.
Dordogne is also celebrated for its beautiful villages, castles and
also prehistoric sites including the world-famous Lascaux caves.
For the French, Dordogne - more commonly known as
- is best known for its famous cuisine, and regional
such as paté de foie gras and truffles, walnut oil are known
France and well beyond. Lot et Garonne is famous for its fruit and
vergetables, including Agen prunes and Marmande tomatoes.
Getting to the the Dordogne
7 to 12 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving
from UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western channel crossings to Roscoff, Cherbourg or Caen. From Calais,
motorway via Rouen,Orleans, A71 and A20. See Driving in France
Fly to the Dordogne
la Gaillarde, Bergerac, Rodez , Bordeaux, Limoges.
this region: Flybe
- all the Dordogne valley area
Except for photo top of page by Père Igor.