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The Southern Périgord Noir (2 days)

Bastides, medieval castles and a hanging garden in Dordogne

Gabarre passing Castelnaud Château

This Dordogne itinerary consists of a scenic drive through the beautiful south west of the area, France’s so-called Black Périgord or Périgord Noir, complete with castles, gardens and bastides. History buffs will want to see the stomping grounds of Richard the Lionheart who spent so much time here.

South Dordogne Route

Highlights of the Périgord Noir

Assuming you start from Sarlat or nearby, this route goes through a beautiful part of the Périgord Noir and I recommend at least two days. Expect it to be very busy during July and August, especially around Domme and Beynac.

Take a trip by gabarre on the meandering Dordogne, explore the wonderful gardens at Marquessac, visit stunning châteaux guarding the river and finish with a visit to Château des Milandes.

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A Gabarre cruise

A trip to remember on the Dordogne


The plus beau village of Belvès

Beynac et Cazenac

The stunning Château de Beynac

Château de Castelnaud

Castelnaud Castle and Museum of Medieval Warfare

Château de Montfort

Simon's Castle?

Château des Milandes

Josephine Baker's country residence


A Bastide on a bluff with views

Dordogne River

The Dordogne River Valley from Mont Dore to the Gironde

Jardins de Marquessac

Overhanging gardens above the River

Josephine Baker

The 'Black Pearl' of the Dordogne

La Roque Gageac

Plus Beau Village on the Dordogne

Richard the Lionheart

Richard Coeur de Lion, King of England & Duke of Aquitaine.

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Paul Shawcross, Paul Shawcross/OSM