Périgord noir highlights
The Périgord/Dordogne is the land of 1001 castles, and this part has its fair share, with great examples from over the centuries. Take a gabare trip to view the landscape from the Dordogne river or stroll the 'hanging gardens' with stunning vistas from the mountain top.
The Périgord is divided into four distinct areas: Noir (Black), Blanc (White), Vert (Green) and Pourpre (Purple). The area is noted for its cuisine du terroir, with products related to ducks and geese, such as foie gras. Due to its relief and poor soils the Périgord noir has supported a system of mixed agriculture, which is based on many small holders creating a pleasant landscape at a human scale.
A number of picturesque villages are within a half-an-hour drive of Terrasson in the general direction of Sarlat; explore La Cassagne, Saint-Amand-de-Coly or Saint Geniès, pass a few hours in the gardens of the Manoir d'Eyrignac before spending the afternoon in the enchanting Sarlat.
Driving from Sarlat to the Dordogne river we pass some spectacular landscapes composed of the river, old towns and castles. Choose to explore some of France's 'most beautiful villages': Beynac, La-Roque-Gageac or Domme. A river cruise on board one of the Gabarres is a must, visit the gardens of Marqueyssac and walk the 'Via Ferrate' during summer.