1 Brantôme

This old abbey town, scenically set on an island in the middle of the Dronne, makes a great base for leisurely boat trips on the river.

2 Cuisine

Foie gras, truffles and pommes sarladaise – Dordogne is the place to sample French country cooking at its best.

3 Monpazier

The finest of numerous bastides (fortified towns) in the region, particularly resplendent in the late afternoon sun.

4 Sarlat-la-Canéda

Wander the narrow lanes of this archetypal medieval town, with its lovely vieille ville of honey-coloured stone.

5 Grotte de Font-de-Gaume

Stunning examples of prehistoric cave art, including the spectacular frieze of five bison.

6 Jardins de Marqueyssac

Extraordinary gardens, perched on a rocky promontory, with astounding views over the Dordogne and its picturesque villages.

7 Montauban

A relaxed city with an atmospheric old centre, built around stately place Nationale – perfect for a spot of people-watching.

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