The Dordogne Valley also has a lot to offer for those who like art and history. Many different styles of architecture can be admired in the towns and cities and there are numerous fun and informative exhibitions and museums, such as the national prehistoric museum in Eyzies-de-Tayac, the museum of automatons in Souillac, the museum dedicated to hieroglyphs-decipherer Champolion in Figeac, or the surprising Musée du president Jacques Chirac in Sarran. Plenty of choice for old and young alike!
The Dordogne Valley is known for its unspoiled natural beauty and its gastronomy, but throughout the year there are also many lively festivals, like the Sim Copans Jazzfestival in Souillac, Brive Festival with lots of live music for all tastes like urban music, pop/folk, French scène, music of the world and locale scène, the strawberry festival in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, various fantastic classical music festivals, including the festivals of Vézère and the Périgord noir, environmentally friendly pop festival Ecaussystème, the Cantica sacra in Rocamadour, the annual bread feast in Collonges-la-Rouge and the street spectacles of Les Chemins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson.
If you like visiting pretty old towns and cities, you’re in the right place in the Dordogne Valley, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful villages and towns of France, such as the old river port Argentat, the famous pilgrims’ town Rocamadour, La Roque-Gageac where even Banana trees grow, Brive with its attractive covered market, accordion-town Tulle, picturesque Terrasson on the river Vézère, the ‘other’ wine city Cahors, already known to the Romans, and of course famous Sarlat with its beautifully conserved mediaeval city centre.
Even in France the Dordogne Valley is known as a true paradise for gourmets. Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional bistros and farmhouse kitchen fare at a ‘Ferme Auberge’: there is something on offer for everyone and every budget, and it all tastes wonderful! Of course you can also enjoy a glass of wine on one of the many inviting terraces along the water or in tourist hot spots like Rocamadour, Collonges-la-Rouge, Sarlat or La Roque-Gageac. The lovely local markets are also worth a visit, for example in Brive, Souillac, Terrasson and Martel.
The Dordogne Valley offers lots of different activities for everybody: canoeing, cycling, walking, horse riding, rock- and tree climbing and adventurous caves: there is so much to do! The nature is breathtaking, the climate pleasant: what more do you want? A balloon flight shows you the Dordogne Valley from a different angle and golfers are also very well served with great golf courses in a.o., Souillac, St. Céré, Aubazine and Brive. There are also many beautiful gardens to visit, including the Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson, the Secret Gardens of Cahors and the Jardins de Colette in Varetz.
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