Towns and villages
- Almost very local village is a gem of medieval architecture
- Bastide towns like Monpazier and Domme date from the 100 Years’ War
- Visit Cahors for its daily market, Roman fortified Pont Valentré and Malbec Lounge for information on local wines and vineyards
- Weekly farmers’ markets in many villages: try Cazals (Sunday) and Prayssac (Friday)
- Many villages host an evening marché gourmand. Sample local wines and a wide range of freshly cooked street food.
- Local restaurants range from fermes auberges to Michelin starred. Local specialities are duck, more duck, strawberries and walnuts.
Castles and gardens
- Dordogne valley castles offer medieval architecture and armaments, fabulous gardens, raptor shows and magnificent river views
- The Manoir d’Eyrignac has world-class formal gardens; Marqueyssac has impressive hilltop box gardens
- Medieval castles and fortresses also lie deep within the sleepy countryside: Biron, Bonaguil and Gavaudun among them.
- World famous cave paintings at Lascaux, Font de Gaume and Cougnac
- Other caves offer boats on underground rivers, mini-railways, crystal caverns and amazing stalactites
- Modern prehistory museum at Les Eyzies
- Rocamadour World Heritage Site has been a place of pilgrimage for over 1000 years
- Many prehistory sites of interest along the Vezere river
Out of season
- Wild orchids in April/May
- Mushroom foraging in autumn
- Truffle markets in winter