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How Much Time To Spend

Dordogne and Quercy cover quite a large area from the Limousin in the north to the Lot River in the south and over to the Auvergne in the east. In the west the Bordeaux region lies between the Dordogne and the Atlantic.

If you've only a short time to spend here then I recommend you stay in or near to Sarlat which is fairly central to the main places of interest. Sarlat itself can be explored comfortably in a day - check out: Stroll Sarlat in a Day. Ideally two or three weeks should be set aside to see most of the attractions on offer and even then I'm certain you'll be back!

What To Pack And Wear

If you’re going during the off season then you will need to pack warm clothing especially for the evenings although it can be pleasantly warm during the day. In winter you’ll need a warm coat as it can be very cold indeed. During July and August expect it to be warm or even very hot – some sunscreen and a hat would make good companions.

Don’t forget a travel adapter – France uses the familiar 2 Pin plugs & sockets.

Time Zone

France is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET) Local time in Dordogne

Daylight Saving Time (DST) happens in the Spring (last Sunday in March at 1AM) when clocks are advanced one hour. In the Autumn (last Sunday in October at 1AM), clocks shift back one hour to standard time to give more daylight in the morning.



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Text © Paul Shawcross

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