The Dordogne is a region of Aquitaine, France. Dordogne is one of France's best-kept secrets.
Castles, chateaux, and other important historical museums are sprinkled throughout the region, offering enough historical interest for any aficionado, but attractively distributed throughout a breath-taking scenery that needs no scholarly tendencies to enjoy it.
While long a favourite with visitors, the region has escaped much of the overdevelopment of some of France's other regions.
There isn't much in the way of public transport around the Périgord Noir area of which Sarlat is the main town.
Railway : Trains from Paris to Souillac or Paris to Libourne and then change for Sarlat using the Bergerac line. A number of trains operate from Bordeaux to Sarlat each day, which takes about 3 hours and is a reasonably scenic journey.
Bus : There is no bus station in Sarlat but some services operate from the railway station. The Transperigord links Souillac to Sarlat via the Dordogne valley twice daily and the Sarlat Bus services various areas of Sarlat itself.
Taxi : There are several taxi companies operating around Sarlat and the Dordogne valley. Taxi Faugére and taxi Cy
- Visitors from around the world flock to see the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, thought by many scholars to be the world's best. However, due to the damage resulting from too many people visiting the caves, they have been permanently closed to the public. The French government has built Lascaux II near the site where tourists can see a copy of the original cave.
- A lovely countryside, dotted by the golden stone houses native to this region, makes Dordogne seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set.
- Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to see the region.
- Small group tours departing from Sarlat la Caneda with Ophorus.
- The Dordogne is a wonderful area for walking and hiking. There are various good maps of the region or otherwise quite a few local, independent walking holiday providers can help you on your way.
A magnificent cuisine - famous especially for its pâtés - is often rated by native French as the country's best.
Some local specialties:
- Pommes Sarladaises -- potatoes roasted in duck fat, with garlic and parsley
- Confit de canard -- slow-cooked duck leg
- Foie gras -- liver from the fattened duck (canard) or goose (oie), prepared in any number of ways, including pâtés
- Black truffle of Périgord -- best season for this is when it's fresh, late November through February
- Tourain blanchi -- garlic soup with egg whites
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