UNESCO World Heritage, villages de France


UNESCO World Heritage, villages de France
Special places to visit, listed as “plus beau villages de France




Beaumont, Cadouin (with its abbey listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site),

Sarlat (the market hub of the region), Domme, La Roque-Gageac and St Leon-sur-Vézère.
Belves, a local town is 30 minutes away and is officially listed as one of the 'plus beau villages
de France'. Situated on a rocky spur on the edge of the Besede forest,
it has an impressive view
of the Nauze valley. It is a beautiful medieval town with a typical bastide layout and center,
including a preserved 15th - century market hall.



Other cities worth a visit are:
45 minutes in the other direction is Monpazier, "The Best of the Bastides".
A perfectly preserved architectural wonder, with food festivals, open air music on market
days and even a racecourse.




The Perigord Noir is a region of exceptional natural beauty, full of old castles and fortresses, prehistoric painted caves,
majestic rivers and numerous 'beaux villages de France'.
The markets are some of the best in the country,
with many referred to as 'marches de France' Some of the nearby towns and villages such as Beynac-et-Cazenac, Belves and Cadouin weekly at the open air night markets during the holiday season.
where you can sit back you can lean back and taste the local specialties.
For active holidaymakers, the rivers Dordogne and Vézère are full of kayak and canoe centers and for walkers there are many 'pre-planned' walks in the area.

There is also golf, fishing microlighting, horse riding and tennis nearby. Activities for children are plentiful, ranging from treetop climbing and prehistoric dinosaur parks to water parks and mountain biking. Food lovers are drawn to this gastronomic capital of France, where you can enjoy local specialties such as duck and goose confit, foie gras, truffles and walnut biscuits. Local wines are Monbazillac, Bergerac and Pecharmant.




Castles and cave dwellings are plentiful in this area and include: the Roque St Christophe,
the village Troglodytique de la Madeleine and
the castles: Beynac,






Castelnaud, Les Milandes and Biron. There are already more than 150 prehistoric sites along
the Vézère River, the most
famous being the Lascaux II name. Others include: Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles at
Les Eyzies, Rouffignac and Bara-Bahau. Geological treasures such as Gouffre de Proumyessacen
are a wonder to behold, with 'cathedrals of crystal' with majestic stalactites and stalactites.
For garden lovers, the gardens of Marqueyssac are a must see with their intricate and beautiful
shape pruning. For a Telegraph guide to the region, view the sights in Dordogne.


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