Around the Valley

  • Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot

  • Figeac, Lot

  • Cahors, Lot

  • Sarlat, Périgord

  • Collonge-la-Rouge, Corrèze

  • Turenne, Corrèze

The Dordogne Valley is proud of its impressive heritage, from Sarlat and the Périgord to Collonges la Rouge in the Corrèze, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Figeac and Cahors in the south.

The Lot and Célé Valley

The hill top town Saint-Cirq-Lapopie towers majestically over the river Lot and is home to many artists. It has its own, very special charm and last year was voted preferred village of the French. The departmental capital Cahors was founded by Gauls of the Cadurci tribe, even before Roman times. Its most famous landmark however dates from the Middle Ages: the Pont Valentré, listed as World Heritage by Unesco. The city also bears the name of the region’s AOC “black” wine, which these days also comes in white and rosé. Heading east you’ll find medieval Figeac, birth town of Champollion, the French scholar and philologist. He was the first to decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Museum of Writing in the centre of the city honours its famous son. Further east loom the Cantal the Auvergne Mountains.

The Dordogne

On the west side of the Dordogne valley lies the Périgord with its many chateaux, Sarlat with its pretty medieval alleys and a rich prehistoric heritage including the Lascaux caves and the archaeological sites of the Vallée de la Vézère.

The Most Beautiful Villages of France in the Corrèze

North of the Lot, we join the department of Corrèze, its lusciously green hills and its "Most Beautiful Villages of France", like Collonges la RougeTurenne and Curemonte.

The Dordogne Valley is ideally situated to explore the diversity of three regions and three departments: the Lot in the Midi-Pyrenees, the south of the Corrèze in the Limousin and, around Sarlat, the Périgord Noir in Dordogne.

Grands sites Midi-Pyrénées
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