People have been attracted to the Dordogne region – known as the Périgord prior to the French Revolution – for thousands of years. Evidence of human occupation from the Palaeolithic age can be seen especially along the beautiful valley of the river Vézere.
Since then many have come to stay at least for a while. Gauls, Romans, Franks, English, French and finally the English (again) along with the Dutch have settled happily. No doubt the climate, fertile land, abundant water and a relaxed, healthy way of life (underwritten by fabulous food and wine) all contribute.
These factors also draw visitors from around the world. Today the area is one the most well-known and visited parts of France.
The Dordogne is also known as the Périgord consists of four distinct conveniently colour-coded parts. The Périgord Noir, the Périgord Pourpre, the Périgord Vert and Périgord Blanc .