Most of South-West France is very much car-oriented as roads are largely in good shape and offer a multitude of respites along the way. The Dordogne Valley’s exquisite rural landscapes and generally quiet roads make driving enjoyable, offering vehiclists the chance to get off the beaten track and stumble across a number of interesting sites they otherwise may not have seen by train or bus. Unlike the visitors who opt to drive down, those flying in with a valid driving licence are advised to hire a car as it’s the only way to realistically cover longer distances and get around quickly. Numerous rental companies at the airports offer competitive rates depending on the season and companies such as Europcar and Avis provide pick-up services direct from the major airports. If you do decide to hire a car, don’t forget to click on the sat nav option unless you have internet access on your mobile phone abroad as the Dordogne Valley is one of largest regions in France and some attractions are harder to find than others.