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Basic information about the Dordogne-Périgord region

If you look for the Dordogne-Périgord region on the map, you probably won’t find it. Nevertheless, the Périgord region, which is located in the south-west of France, is almost identical in area to the Dordogne region and is therefore the third largest region of France. The region is about 100 kilometres east of Bordeaux and about 500 kilometres south of the capital Paris. The third largest region received part of its name from the 483-kilometre-long Dordogne river of the same name, which flows through the southern region from east to west. The Périgord, also known as Périgord Noir, is a historical province that is crescent shaped around the municipality of Sarlat. In general, one will find a particularly multifaceted interplay of the Mediterranean influences of the south and the rugged foothills of the Massif Central.

The most beautiful hiking holidays in the Dordogne-Périgord region

Walking holidays in the Dordogne-Périgord region

The beautiful region of Dordogne-Périgord in the south-west of France offers fantastic opportunities for a successful break in pristine nature. Then there are the historical cultural sites and wonderful cuisine – the perfect conditions for an unforgettable hiking holiday with luggage transfer in the Dordogne-Périgord.

Our Eurohike moments in the Dordogne-Périgord region

  • Visiting the Acropolis of Périgord: Domme is also known as the Acropolis of Périgord. And for good reason – the small community is an absolute highlight on your hiking holiday and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. The bastide (village complex) from the Middle Ages was built on a ledge.
  • In the footsteps of the Neanderthals: On the fifth day of your hiking holiday you have the opportunity to follow the traces of the Ice Age and the Neanderthals in the National Museum of Prehistoric Times in Les Eyzies, which is located in the former Tayac castle.
  • Picnic with French delicacies: Take time for picnic in between. The combination of the wonderful natural scenery and the incomparably delicious specialities from the region will be remembered for a long time.

Useful information about a hiking holiday in the Dordogne-Périgord region

Facts and details

  • Location: Located in the south-west of France in the Sarlat area and also known as Périgord Noir
  • Area: 9,204 km² and the third largest department in France
  • Regions/zones: The Dordogne-Périgord area is divided into four zones, also known as “Les quatre Périgord” or the four Périgord, using colours.
  • Population: 413,418 inhabitants (also known as Périgourdins)
  • Capital of Périgord Noir: Sarlat with around 9,030 inhabitants
  • Official language: French
  • Highest mountain: Saint Pierre de Frugie with a height of 479 metres
  • Season: The best climate for hiking holidays in the Dordogne-Périgord region is from March to October
  • Special feature: At around 483 kilometres, the Dordogne is the tenth largest river in the entire country, flows westwards from the Auvergne across the Périgord and later flows into the Garonne near Bordeaux. In general, the Dordogne region is relatively sparsely populated with a population density of 45 inhabitants per km².

Climate in the Dordogne-Périgord region

The Périgord region is influenced by the Atlantic westerly winds and is dominated by a temperate climate. Due to the Gulf Stream, pleasant temperatures prevail almost all year round, with the Périgord lying exactly between the two climatic influences of the Piedmont, the Massif Central and the temperate oceanic climate. So it can also rain in the mild spring months. The months from March to October are particularly ideal for a successful hiking holiday and the more than 2,000 hours of sunshine in this region guarantee a wonderful break in the fresh air.

Cuisine in the Dordogne-Périgord region

The Périgord is one of the most forested regions in France and so the regional cuisine is also characterised by this feature. From wonderful dishes with mushrooms, game meat or poultry, as well as the excellent wines of the region, you will find a true paradise for gourmets here. Furthermore, the cuisine of the Périgord is one of the best in the country. The use of duck and goose fat and the use of regional herbs, such as in the Pommes (French fries) sarladaises, are particularly popular: potatoes fried in goose fat with mushrooms, garlic and parsley. Another culinary specialty are the black truffles, which are also very popular internationally and are used in numerous dishes in a variety of ways.

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Our individual hiking tours in Dordogne-Périgord can be booked from March to October.

The beautiful area around Sarlat, also known as "Sarlat-La-Canéda" or "Périgord Noir", offers wonderful conditions for a successful hiking holiday. From March to October, the mild climate ensures pleasant temperatures for active time out in the fresh air. On our walking holiday Dordogne Périgord with Charm, you march along the Dordogne through the Périgord and explore the most beautiful places, historical sights and the best of culinary specialties of the region.

In the Dordogne-Périgord region we offer these wonderful hiking tours with luggage transfer:

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When hiking in Dordogne-Périgord, you can expect varied natural landscapes with Mediterranean influences and the rugged foothills of the Massif Central. Starting from Sarlat-la-Canéda, the route takes you along the banks of the Dordogne to Domme, one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Another highlight of the walking holiday Dordogne Périgord, 8 days is the circular hike to the Lascaux Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the oldest cave paintings from before 36,000 - 19,000 BC. Chr.

In general, the Périgord scores with a particularly high density of forests, which can also be clearly seen on the menu. Regional specialties with game meat, poultry, mushrooms and delicious top wines ensure wonderful moments of pleasure after a successful hike.

Tanja Haring

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