Périgueux, capital of the département of the Dordogne and a central base for exploring the countryside of Périgord Blanc, is a small, busy market town with an attractive medieval and Renaissance core of stone-flagged squares and narrow alleys harbouring richly ornamented merchants’ houses. The main hub of the modern town is the tree-shaded boulevard Montaigne, which marks the western edge of the vieille ville.

Place de la Clautre sits at the heart of the renovated streets of the medieval town, the most attractive of which is the narrow rue Limogeanne, lined with Renaissance mansions, now turned into boutiques and delicatessens, intermingled with fast-food outlets. Roman Périgueux, known as La Cité, lies to the west of the town centre towards the train station.

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