The definitive guide to sightseeing 
in the Dordogne region

Discover the best places to visit  

Explore an abundance of incredible destinations in the Dordogne and its neighbouring regions. By making Mialet your starting point, you can easily explore a comprehensive list of attractions within a two-hour drive. Indulge in the grandeur of majestic chateaux and immerse yourself in the history of ancient Roman ruins.

Lose yourself in the charm of picturesque villages and be enchanted by the beauty of breathtaking gardens. Whatever your preferences may be, there is something that will surely grab your attention. What's more your hosts have personally visited nearly every destination on this list so, you can trust their recommendations.

White painted 3 story house with blue shutters and greenery on walls , 2 coloured wooden seats rest against the outside

To the South - The Dordogne

The Dordogne (known in France as the Perigord) comprises of four distinct areas. To the north, the forested Perigord Vert (green) is crossed by rivers with Nontron as its main town. The Perigord Blanc (white) in the centre is an area of limestone, wide valleys and meadows and has Perigueux as its capital.  In the southwest, the Perigord Pourpre (purple) is the wine region around Bergerac. The south-east part is called the Perigord Noir (black) which surrounds the highly acclaimed medieval village of Sarlat and is called black after the local woods of oak and pine. The Vezere River runs through it.

Highlights of the Dordogne:

  1. Vineyards of Bergerac
  2. Chateau de Beynac
  3. Brantome
  4. Chateau de Castelnaud
  5. Museum of Prehistory, Les Eyzies
  6. Lascaux
  7. Montpazier
  8. Perigold-Limousin regional national park
  9. Roman Museum, Perigueux
  10. Sarlat-la-Caneda

Some of the places below have already been covered in detail under top 12 best places to visit To help the km and estimated drive time from the gite to the destination are shown.


Fountain in front of the castle in Jumilhac

Jumilhac Castle as a backdrop to a car boot sale

Beige brick building with arches underneath and hedge in fronthe  in St Jean de Cole leading to the chateau

 St Jean de Cole

Long white 3 story building with pointed  bell tower, located next to a river with trees


Sculptured gardens and white flowers at Chateau Hautefort

Chateau Hautefort

Arched stone bridge over a river leading to a villageleadi

The Chateau at Bordeilles

What to visit in the Perigord Vert:

1. Jumilhac le Grande (22mins/18.3km) (See top 12)

2. St Jean de Cole (22mins/22.7km) (See top 12)

3. Grottes de Villars (20 mins/19.4km) (See top 12)

4. Chateau Puyguilhem (24mins/22.9km)

Sits in a spectacular setting with forests closing in on the back and open meadows to the front. It was constructed in the 16th century and it is similar in style to those of the Loire Valley.

5. Boschaud Abbey (24 mins/24km) 

The Cistercian Abbey of Boschaud is today a stunning ruin, its name derives from Bosco Cavo meaning wooded dell which best describes its beautiful location. Founded in the 12th century and partly destroyed during the Wars of Religion, the Abbey has an air of spirituality about it.

NB Grottes de Villars, Chateau Puyguilhem and Boschaud Abbey are right next to each other

6. Nontron (28mins/24km)

Set up high, Nontron is the centre of the Perigord Vert and is building a reputation for the arts which can be found in the ‘Espace des Arts’. Nearby you can visit the workshops of the famous ‘Nontron Knives’ which have been made there for over 500 years. 

7. Piégut-Pluviers (29 mins/24km)

Since 1642, an important market has been held here on Wednesday mornings which lines the pretty streets. Great selection of Dordogne and Charente food and a great place to buy the famous Charente slippers.

8. Velorail du Perigord Vert (29mins/29.4km) (See top 12)

9. Brantome (36min/35.1km) (See top 12)

10. Excideuil (37mins/37.9km)

This pretty town with a very busy Thursday market has several reasons to visit. It has a lovely market square near the 12th-century castle which is reputed to have repelled Richard the Lionheart on three occasions.  Excideuil is also the home of the oldest building on the Dordogne, the 12th-century hospital. A village fountain and a selection of other old buildings make this a popular place for tourists.

11. Chateau Hautefort (55mins/53.9km)

Stands proudly above the village and is listed as a historical monument. It’s, without doubt, one of the most remarkable 12th-century chateaux in the Dordogne. Its elegant rooms inside are luxuriously decorated with furniture from the 17th and 18th However, it’s the meticulous French-style gardens that most people go to see which are particularly beautiful. Landscaped by top French designer Comte de Choulet in 1853, the geometrically cut flower sections and topiary are very photogenic. Below is the village, where there is a small museum dedicated to medicine.

12. Bourdeilles (43min/44km)

This stunning village has a castle, mill, medieval village and panoramic viewpoints over the river Dronne. The castle is two inside the same grounds, a 13th-century fortress, and a 16th-century Renaissance building.  Inside this can be which displays found some beautifully furnished rooms featuring items from the 16th to 19th century. The most beautiful is the ‘Salon Dore’ or golden room. The gardens are laid out in a typically French style. Visit the 12th-century church and see the attached medieval garden leading down to the river. This village is a lovely place to stop off for lunch and watch the world go quietly by.  

13. Grotte de Tourtoirac (49mins/47km)

The village itself is very pretty centred on a Benedictine abbey which displays tools and weapons found in excavations. See the 18th century ‘Manoir de la Farge’ and tannery. Just outside the village caves were discovered in 1998 which opened to the public in 2010 showcasing illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. It also has some quite rare small twisted stalactites called excentriques.



Two story flat rooved stone building with its floor balcony held up by five column housing the Foie gras museum, Thiviers

Thivier Tourist Centre and Foie Gras Museum

What to visit in the Perigord Blanc:

  1. Thiviers (19 mins/21.4km)

An unremarkable town but worth visiting on a Saturday morning for its bustling market and tourist information centre that is also home to the ‘Foiw Gras’ museum. The town hall is also open as a museum dedicated to the history of locally produced Faience (pottery) but is only open on Saturdays.

  1. Sorges (31mins/35.3km)

Sorges is the centre of the world-famous Perigord Black Truffle, visit it and walk through marked forest paths to view truffle forests. A museum within the tourist information centre is useful for background information and offers truffle hunting trips in season.

  1. Perigueux (53mins/54.6km)(See top 12


Three bronze geese in front of a stone building with blue fronted shop in sun

Sarlat le Caneda

Gardens of Marqueyssac, paths next to trees and green cut topiary

Gardens of Marqueyssac

Medieval twin tower entrance to beautiful village Domme

The entrance to Domme

What to visit in the Perigord Noir/Dordogne valley:

  1. La Roque Gagnac (1hr 26mins/83.2km)

Another of France’s beautiful villages, it's picture-perfect with houses made of golden stone. Walk up the hillside past a delightful tropical garden to reach the fort on the top. This is another place you can take the ‘Gabarre’.

  1. Sarlat le Caneda (1hr 44mins/104km)

This is the most visited place in the Dordogne and is a superb example of a restored medieval town. It has the highest density of historic and classified monuments in France. Narrow cobbled streets in the centre are filled with small boutiques selling local produce including foie gras and walnut-based items. There is a market on Wednesday mornings but the size is amplified on a Saturday morning when the whole centre is filled with stalls and is the best market in the region by far.  Visit the cathedral and the ‘Manoir de Gisson’ for a glimpse into a world gone by. Finally, the panoramic lift open in the summer gives a wonderful 360-degree view of the town.

  1. Beynac et Cazenac (1 hr 46mins/114km)

One of France’s most beautiful villages, located on the banks of the Dordogne River, has a stunning 12th-century castle which towers over the village. A 45-minute trip on a traditional ‘Gabarre’ boat is the best way to view the area including several chateaux that follow the river line.

  1. Chateau Milandes (1hr 53mins/116km)

Built-in 1489, this lovely Renaissance castle has many Gothic features. Bought in the 1920s by the dancer Josephine Baker, it houses a fine collection of her clothes and covers the history of her life at the chateau. The adjoining park is beautiful and there is a bird of prey aviary there too.

  1. Gardens of Marqueyssac (1hr 53 mins/117km)

The suspended gardens of Marqueyssac are listed as a national monument and are the most popular gardens in the Dordogne. Situated on a spur it has probably the best advantage point to see a panoramic view of the Dordogne valley. Much of it is in clipped and softly shaped boxwood, dating back to the 19th century and is very much in keeping with its environment. 

  1. Chateau Castlenaud (1hr 53 mins/119km)

This 12th-century medieval fortress offers superb panoramic views over the Dordogne valley. It houses an important collection of weapons and armoury. See a recreated siege machine from the Middle Ages.

  1. Domme (1hr 55 mins/116km)

A third of a trio of beautiful villages in the area, Domme doesn’t disappoint. The village is pretty and is located quite high up the hillside, offering a fantastic view of the river. Visit the cave system under the main square called the ‘Grottes de Domme’. The public park is a lovely place to have a picnic.

  1. Chateau Felenon (2hr 6 mins/116km)

The 13th-century castle on the banks of the Dordogne is furnished in the style of the Middle Ages. Interesting curiosities room from world travels. Three bedrooms of mention too, Louis 13th, Louis 16th, and 1st Empire style. Drew Barrymore was filmed here in ‘Ever After’…

  1. Chateau Biron (2hr 7 mins/130km)

This 13th-century castle on the bank of the Dordogne has an extremely interesting historyThe ramparts are reputed to be haunted by Charles du Gontaut, beheaded there in 1602.

              THE VEZERE VALLEY

              River running between two leafy banks with housesr


              Bridge thriugh high rooves stone building to the castletety

              Chateau de Losse

              Maison Forte de Reignac rock face with sun casting a shadow

              Maison Forte de Reignac

              What to visit in the Vezere Valley:

              1. Montignac (1hr 19mins/78km)

              A really lovely village on the banks of the Vezere, crossed by an attractive stone bridge. There are many half-timbered houses amongst the boutiques and eateries. Walk along the river to the ruined castle which offers a great view over the town.

              1. Saint Amand de Coly (1 hr 21mins/83.5km)

              This is also another nearby ‘Beautiful village’ set in a wooded area and typifies the Dordogne with tile roofs and yellow stone walls. It’s dominated by a huge church next to a ruined abbey. See the ‘lavoir’ a designated area by the river used for communal washing in times gone by.

              1. Chateau de Losse (1hr 25mins/81.5km)

              On the banks of the Vezere sits this very attractive moated renaissance castle built inside a medieval fortress. Its fortified gatehouse is the largest in Europe and once inside there is a large terrace which boasts a stunning view over the river and surrounding countryside. The rooms are furnished with 15th and 16th-century furniture. The formal French gardens are just beautiful, then finish your visit with tea in the ‘Princess Garden’

              1. La Roc Saint Christophe (1hr 26mins/83km)

              This is an amazing 5 terraced troglodyte village built halfway up a cliff in the Vezere valley. Here Neanderthal man lived some 50,000 years ago and man continued to do so until 1588 when the village was destroyed in the ‘Wars of Religion’. At its peak, the town had hundreds of houses and about a thousand people.

              1. St Leon sur Vezere (1hr 26mins/82km)

              Another of France's most beautiful villages, it is located on the Vezere River. Many of the houses still have remarkable stone rooves. The church is one of the oldest Roman-style churches in the Dordogne and has a lovely square bell tower. The village has several craft shops and is a particularly pleasant place to stop for lunch.

              1. Maison Forte de Reignac (1hr 27mins/84.3km)

              This is a manor house built into the rock face and is the only one of its kind in France. Built in the 14th century, the rooms today are furnished in period style. At the base, you will find a torture museum including over 60 original instruments of torture used over the centuries with a relevant explanation!

              1. Les Eyzies de Tayac Sireuil (1hr 28mins/96.5km)

              Located in the heart of the Vezere valley which is a UNESCO site for prehistoric caves, you will find Les Eyzies. It has troglodyte dwellings, caves and a prehistoric museum which has the world’s largest collection of prehistoric artefacts. The ‘Font de Gaume’ caves are particularly interesting as they are one of only a few which still have the original polychrome cave paintings. With over 200 to see, get there early or pre-book as numbers to see them are limited in a bid to protect their longevity. Another cave worth visiting for incredible stalactites and stalagmites is the ‘Grotte du Grand Roc’ for its fairyland-like interior.

                  PERIGORD POURPRE

                  The Sunday market in Issigeac and woman wrapped up from cold selling gingerbread from a market stall

                  The market in Issigeac

                  The gardens in Limeuil

                  Cyrano de Bergerac bronze statue outside a stone building and greenery

                  Cyrano de Bergerac

                  White stone chateau with stone outer buildings and well with metal pagoda over it

                  Chateau Monbazillac 

                  Rows of vines growing in the sun held in by wooden posts

                  What to visit in the Perigord Pourpre:

                  1. Issigeac (1hr 19 mins/146km)

                  Issigeac is a charming medieval village just southeast of Bergerac known for its lively Sunday morning market. The town's history dates back to prehistoric times, with buildings from the 13th to 16th centuries still standing. The layout of Issigeac features narrow, winding streets lined with ancient structures, some of which have been recently restored. As the village gains popularity, many homes are being purchased and refurbished, preserving its historic charm.

                  1. Limeuil (1hr 27mins/96.7km)

                  Discover Limeuil, a charming village nestled at the meeting point of the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers. With opportunities for canoeing and a serene river beach, Limeuil is a gem waiting to be explored. It holds the prestigious title of being one of "the most beautiful villages of France". Stroll through the village's meandering cobbled streets, lined with enchanting honey-coloured houses and enjoy fabulous views of the Dordogne river from the beautiful hilltop garden. Don't miss the various gateways that punctuate the fortified walls, adding to the village's historic charm.

                  1. St Avit Senieur (1hr 38mins/113km)

                  The bastide village of Saint Avit Senieur is home to an abbey dedicated to Saint Avit, a hermit who passed away in 570. Avitus, as he was known, caused a pagan temple to collapse with a prayer and the sign of the cross, leading him to become a hermit in the area. The abbey, now mostly in ruins, still features an impressive 11th-century church, presbytery, and monks' dormitory. The church is adorned with frescoes and remnants of painted designs on the walls.

                  1. Bergerac (1hr 39 mins/103km)

                  Bergerac is a treasure trove of art and history. Explore the charming old town, where you'll find the iconic statue of Cyrano and the fascinating 'Tobacco Museum' showcasing millennia of history. Wander along the quay to discover the elegant 'Maison du Vin de Bergerac' housed in a magnificent 17th-century building, where you can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. Don't miss the bustling market near the Notre Dame church on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For a unique perspective of Bergerac, take a leisurely cruise on an old riverboat.

                  1. Cadouin (1 hr 40mins/107km)

                  This quaint medieval village is considered one of the top three attractions in Aquitaine, thanks to its renowned abbey established in 1115. During the Middle Ages, it was a significant pilgrimage site, as it was believed to house a fragment of the shroud of Jesus Christ. Although the cloth was later discovered to be from the 12th century in 1930, the abbey remains a fascinating destination to explore.

                  1. Monbazillac (1 hr 40mins/109km)

                  The small village of Monbazillac found just a short drive south of Bergerac, is renowned for its castle. The castle, a designated historical monument, was built in the 16th century. It boasts an early Renaissance design and is surrounded by beautiful woodlands, offering stunning views of the region. Inside, visitors can explore elegantly decorated rooms and apartments.

                  However, the main attraction of the Monbazillac area is its wine. With 3500 hectares of vineyards, this region produces one of the most famous and highly regarded sweet white wines in the world. The castle holds wine tastings, a double reason to visit.

                  1. Beaumont-du-Perigord (1hr 53mins/118km)

                  The hilltop village of Beaumont-du-Perigord stands out as a remarkable bastide in the Périgord area. It was constructed with a dual layer of fortified walls, featuring 16 stone defence gates. Today, only the Luzier footbridge remains. The Tour de Bannes is a part of the original town defences, offering a chance to stroll around the old rampart and admire the Porte de Luzier and the tower.

                  The impressive Eglise Saint-Laurent-Saint-Front in Beaumont du Perigord is a rare example of a 14th-century church blending Military and Gothic styles. It is considered the most stunning fortified church in Southwest France, with two towers flanking its facade.

                  1. Montpazier (1hr 58 mins/122km)

                  Monpazier, another of France's most beautiful villages, was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England and has a rich history as a bastide town. The central square, the town's highlight, is surrounded by ancient buildings, original arcades, renaissance windows, and wrought iron balconies. Over 30 buildings in Monpazier are classified as national monuments, preserving the village's charm for over 700 years.

                    South West of the Dordogne

                    St Emilion old cobbled steep street with small wine shops

                    Wine Heaven

                    St Emilion (1 hr 58 mins/148 km)

                    The world heritage medieval centre of St Emilion is an absolute must for wine lovers, for not only is it very beautiful but every other shop sells the red nectar. Located in a microclimate perfect for vine growing there are countless vineyards all producing the best quality red wine that’s famous across the world.  Chateaux-producing estates surrounding the village offer tastings, a great experience to sample some of if not the best wine in France.  In the village itself, a must is a visit to the underground 12th-century Monolithic church, take the 45-minute tour which covers another three sites too. Climb the 196 steps of the 68m high bell tower for an unrivalled view.  Once the day-trippers have gone stay for a twilight tour with a night-watchman and fall in love even more with this magical place.

                    To the North – The Haute Vienne 

                    Two castes in Chalus, one a tower in the background surrounded by trees, the other a stone ruin in the forefront


                    Chateau Montbron on an island with a tall square tower, blue skies and surrounded by trees

                    Chateau Montbron

                    On old medieval street with yellow flowers in St Yrieix la Perche

                    St Yrieix la Perche

                    Stone ruins of Chalucet castle against dull December sky

                    The ruins of Chalucet Castle

                    Saint Leonard de Noblat showing the ancient village by the river with 6 tall statues on the grass

                    Saint Leonard de Noblat

                    Old white 3 story building on slope with water wheel in wooded area

                    Moulin de Got

                    What to visit in the Haute Vienne

                    The Haute-Vienne is the north-western department of the Limousin region of southern-central France, with the Centre (Loire Valley) region to the north, Poitou-Charentes to the west and the Dordogne to the south. As you might guess from the name the River Vienne crosses the department.

                    While many visitors are first attracted to the Haute-Vienne by the quiet unspoiled countryside, which includes parts of two Regional Natural Parks (Perigord-Limousin and Millevaches) there are also a good number of interesting villages and towns, museums, and historic monuments, to add variety to your visit.

                    Places to visit:

                    1. Chateau de Chalus Chabrol (16mins/15.8km) (See Top 12)

                    1. Chateau de Montbrun Dournazac (17mins/11.7km)

                    Built in 1179, this historic castle has been completely renovated with 500 acres of land and is today up for sale.  It is located on a moated island and is a stunning location for photography, especially at the start and end of the day. Dournazac village has a Chestnut museum and an annual weekend fete dedicated to the Chestnut in late October.

                    1. Chateau de Brie (22mins/18.3km)

                    On the Richard the Lionheart route, this fortified house was built in 1484 in Gothic style. Fully furnished the castle also includes an automata world where 70 animated characters take you to the four corners of the world.  Used nowadays as a wedding venue.

                    4. Chateau de Lastours (28mins/25.4km)

                    On the Richard the Lionheart route, the castle is now a ruin and is used in the summer months for period events and medieval festivals. At 10 pm on selected days, costumed volunteers will take you for an atmospheric nocturnal walk.

                    1. Le Jardin de Liliane (29mins/31.3km)

                    A beautiful French garden located in the village of St-Laurent-sur-Gorre near Limoges. This 8000m garden has been developed over the last 30 years and if you speak French then you can discuss the plants with Liliane herself. 

                    1. St Yrieix la Perche (33mins/38km) (See top 12)
                    1. Chateau de Nexon (36mins/34.9km)

                    This chateau is surrounded by 38.5 hectares of ground around which you can take a 3-mile walk and take in the lovely forest scenery. This includes a waterfall and ‘Jardin des Sens’. In the chateau, you can visit the stables and a small chapel.

                    1. Rochechouart (38mins/36.3km)

                    A pretty walled town with a large 13th-century Chateau which now houses a modern art museum. The church St-Sauveur is famous for its octagonal-shaped spire. The town itself was hit by a meteor some 214 million years ago, although little evidence remains today, except for a museum dedicated to this phenomenon. A visit to the cemetery will reveal the tomb of Leonce Chabernaud, a wholesale wine merchant who died in 1953. He designed his tomb in the shape of a giant wine barrel which shocked both the clergy and the press at the time.

                    1. Saint Junien (46 mins/47.8km)

                    A relaxing town situated on the banks of the rivers Vienne and Glane, each spanned by a lovely 13th-century bridge. The church is one of the largest and oldest in the region and the Saint Amand Abbey is open in the summer. Famed for glove making a guided tour from the tourist information centre picks up a glove factory visit and the other sites to see. Those with a sweet tooth like to try Le Gateau Arena (Almond cake), a chocolate-coated prune, soaked in liqueur and filled with nougat called Le Cyrano and Le Bourgou a cake filled with chestnuts and honey. Just outside the village lies Site Corot, a beautiful mill beside a river, and the hut where the 19th-century artist painted. 

                    1. Limoges (49mins/52.5km) (See top 12)
                    1. Oradour sur Glane (49mins/57.3km) (See top 12)

                    1. Chateau de Chalucet - St-Jean Ligoure (52 mins/52km)

                    This fortress is one of the most beautiful ruins in France. Take a guided tour during July and August otherwise, there is a trail in the surrounding forest that gives you information about the area. Or you can discover Chalucet through a group riddle on your smartphone.

                    1. Chateau de Coussac Bonneval (53 mins/45.8km)

                    This beautiful castle surrounded by lavender, oak and chestnut trees has been the home of the Bonneval family for over 1000 years. Take a timed afternoon guided tour and discover the chateau’s fascinating history. In the grounds is a visually very interesting chapel.

                       14. Mortmart (1hr 2mins/57km) is the only beautiful village in the Haute Vienne which certainly lives up to its name. Enjoy the remains of the dukes of Mortemart's château, fabulous granite houses, two former convents and the delightful 16th-century wooden covered market hall. 

                       15. Saint Leonard de Noblat (1 hr 12mins /68.9km)
                    A charming medieval town and one of the oldest in Nouvelle Aquitaine. The beautiful church is well worth a visit and houses a lock of St Leonard’s hair which you can touch if you want to get married that year! Find here a museum dedicated to the 18th-century chemist, Guy-Lussac who developed a gas chemistry law. Look out for shops selling marzipan for which it is famous.

                        16. Moulin de Got (1hr 13mins/69km)
                    This lovely 16th-century paper mill (situated just outside St Leonard de Noblat) is a living museum and exhibition centre. Located by a river with picnic facilities.

                    17. Eymoutiers (1 hr 25mins/87km)
                    A delightful medieval town on the banks of the river Vienne renowned as the birthplace of the 20th-century artist Paul Rebeyrolle, who has a museum dedicated to him here. There is a mineral museum to visit and it’s possible to take a steam train through the local countryside.

                        18. Lac de Vassiviere (1 hr 57mins/111km) One of France’s largest man-made lakes with an island in the centre dominated by a chateau. The lake is both a nature reserve but also very important for water sports. There is a free water taxi to get you about.

                                  To the East – The Correze ( Part of the Limousin)

                                  Segur-le-chateau with the river in front of old houses


                                  Pompadour racecourse, showing white jump and fences

                                  Pompadour racecourse

                                  Uzerche town walls and grassy banks with old turreted houses


                                  Brive church looking up to top


                                  Old frenchman with beige cap playing a red accordion in front of a shop window

                                  Accordion player in Tulle

                                  Red brick abbey with triangle roof and garden in front

                                  Aubazine Abbey

                                  Turenne village perched on hill with grass in front


                                  Red bricked house with peppercorn turret la rouge

                                  Collange la rouge

                                  Curemonte 45th parallel line sign to indicate it flows through the village


                                  A three and 4 story shuttered building on a  square with a bronze Madonna and child statue in frontaa


                                  Rocamadour a church perched on a hill as seen through a arched bridge with ancient streets


                                  What to visit in the Correze region:

                                  The Correze named after the river Corrèze which runs through it lies in the south of the Limousin. Its capital is Tulle, and its most populated town is Brive-la-Gaillarde This very pretty department has plenty to offer from the Millevache County Park to its main towns and to being home to 5 of France’s most beautiful villages too.

                                  Places to visit;

                                  1. Segur-le-chateau (51mins/45km)

                                  One of France's beautiful villages, Segur is built on a meander of the Auvézère River and was very important in the Middle Ages.  Ruins of the 12th-century castle can still be seen in the town, as well as half-timbered houses and remains of a Court of Appeal. A lovely place to stop for lunch by the river and take in the views.

                                  1. Pompadour (1hr 1min/59km)(See top 12)
                                  1. Saint Robert (1hr 15mins/66km)

                                  This charming medieval village is built on a ridge on the border between the Corrèze and the Dordogne and has a 12th-century Romanesque church

                                  1. Uzerche (1hr 15mins/76 km)

                                  This beautiful town some call the jewel in the Correze crown goes back to pre-Roman times when the area was inhabited by the Gauls. In the 10th century, it was the home to a powerful monastery and important Benedictine Abbey. Its many towers, vaulted passageways and ancient houses with adorned carved doors make it unique. A visit to see the magnificent bell tower is well worthwhile.

                                  1. Aubazine (1hr 23mins/124km)

                                  This small town is built on a hill overlooking the Gorge du Coiroux and grew up around a monastery founded by St Etienne in 1135. This large Cistercian abbey is renowned as the best preserved in the region and is where the fashion designer Chanel spent her teenage years. You can also visit the 'Le Coyroux' convent nearby.

                                  1. Les Jardins de Colette (1hr 27mins/83km)

                                  The Jardins de Colette is named after the famous novelist, Colette and is located nearby to where she lived in the Castel-Novel castle. This is a large garden covering 5 hectares incorporating 6 designs representing regions in France where she lived over her lifetime. There is also a huge labyrinth in the shape of a butterfly.

                                  1. Donzenac (1hr 27mins/103km)

                                  Originally founded by the Romans, this charming medieval village is perched on a rock overlooking the River Maumont. Its circular narrow streets full of ancient buildings all lead to the Grand Place. The bell tower is listed as a historical monument. Just outside the village, discover the ‘Pans of Travasac’ an old slate mine located in a subterranean gallery and small museum. 

                                  1. Brive (1hr 38mins/92km)

                                  A pleasant market town with an excellent indoor market in the George Brassens Market Hall on Tuesdays/Thursdays and Saturday mornings. It holds 4 duck and goose markets each year. Visit the centre of the Bellet Distillery and try Pastis vert, gentian, walnut and chestnut liqueurs. Also here is the Museum Labenche and learn about the history of local French life. Brive was known as the regional capital of the resistance during WW11 and you can find out more at the Edmond Michelet Museum just off-centre. Book lovers should not miss the annual book fair held on the first weekend in November. Finally, Brive has a great atmosphere at night when several landmarks are lit up.

                                  1. Tulle (1 hr 39mins/110km)

                                  Known as the town on seven hills, this interesting old town is the administrative centre of the Correze. It has a particularly nice medieval quarter featuring tall houses with wooden balconies. Don’t miss the superb 16th Maison Loyac near the Cathedral. Tulle is famous for producing Tulle, a fine netting made from a mixture of fibres including silk, nylon or rayon. It is often starched and used in wedding veils, gowns and ballet costumes.   Tulle was renowned in the 18th century for silk and lace production. You can visit ‘Point de Tulle’ a needle lace workshop on the side of the cathedral to find out more. Tulle is also world-famous for accordion production and you can see how they are made in the ‘Maugein’ factory and enjoy an excellent collection of old accordions in the Cloisters museum.  Enthusiasts visit the annual accordion festival called ‘Nuits de Nacre’. This is a huge 4-day event held in September with over 90 concerts held across the town. History buffs may like to visit the weapon museum.

                                   11. Tregnac sur Vezere (1hr 41mins/97.5km)

                                  This very pretty medieval place is another of France’s beautiful villages, located by the banks of the Vezere River. There are many old houses to discover in its narrow streets surrounding the 11th-century church. A walk past a medieval tower and through an old gateway takes you to the river. This is spanned by a lovely 14th-century bridge, the best spot for a photo! Nearby is Lac du Bariousses renowned for whitewater sports and hosts the World Canoeing Championships. You can walk around the lac and the tourist info office in Tregnac has a guide.

                                    12. Gimel les Cascades (1 hr 41mins/125km)

                                  The name of the town and three unforgettable waterfalls below stand between 38-60 metres high. A 400m footpath from the village takes you to the falls enabling you to see the force at close quarters.  Allow 90 minutes to enjoy the walk and take photos. Before leaving the village pop in the ‘Église St Pardoux’ to see the priceless enamel shrine of St Etienne.

                                    13. Turenne (1hr 46mkins/106km)

                                  Located high on top of a cliff dominated by a ruined castle, this is one of France's most beautiful villages. Pick up a heritage walk leaflet from the tourist information and follow 10 points of interest taking just over an hour and a half in total. One of the highlights is the ‘Hotel de Cosnac’ an old hunting lodge.

                                    14. Collongers-La-Rouge (1hr 50mins/112km)

                                  Another of France's most beautiful villages, this fairy-tale perfect village with no telegraph pols or electric pylons is a dream for photographers. It’s interesting because most of the buildings are built of red sandstone due to the iron ore content.  Explore the castles, houses, turrets, old market hall and mermaid’s house. During the peak season, this village with its artisan boutiques can attract between 6000 to 7000 visitors a day!

                                    15. Correze (1hr 52mins/145km)

                                  This charming small town with a medieval heart takes its name from the River Correze River. The old fortified town has retained its slate roofs and ramparts.

                                     16. Carennac (2hr 2mins/146km)

                                  Located in the Lot department en route to Rocamadour, Carennac is listed as one of France's most beautiful villages. Don’t miss the church with its beautifully carved door and cloisters to the castle with a painted ceiling and exhibitions on local history.  The Hermitage Canal runs alongside the village lined with lovely old houses. Visit on Tuesdays for the market after lunch, which is quite unusual as markets in the area are normally am only.

                                     17. Curemonte (2hr 4mins/138km)

                                  As one of France's most beautiful villages, it is dominated by three feudal castles. Two of which were owned by the daughter of writer Colette who also lived in Curemonte during the Second World War. Narrow streets, honey-coloured houses with carved doorways and turrets and three old churches make this a very picturesque place to stop awhile and enjoy.

                                     18. Argentat sur Dordogne (2hrs 4mins/140km)

                                  Situated on the banks of the Dordogne, Argentat sur Dordogne was for centuries a major trading port. Traditional flat-bottomed Gabare boats once left from Quai Lestourgie loaded with local products such as wood, leather, and oil. Today the riverside quays, still paved with traditional stone, are lined with old fisherman's houses bearing stone-covered towers and pepperpot roofs. Don’t miss St Claire Street and the Hotel de Turrene.

                                     19. Ussel (2 hrs 4mins/171km)

                                  The old town is home to Renaissance-style houses, a local museum and churches housing some fine examples of religious art. Visit the Pelards Fountain on Place Joffre and the Roman eagle on Place Voltaire.  The 18th-century Bonnot de Bay mansion houses tools from yesteryear and liturgical books and tapestries. See the turreted house called Imprimerie which is dedicated to lithographic and typographic printing. The 15th-century Chapel of the Penitents had fine examples of religious art and a superb Baroque centrepiece.

                                  Nearby ‘Le Jardin de la Ganille' is a beautiful garden with an altitude of 650m with acid soil and over 800 plants. Visit on Saturdays only from 9 am to 7 pm from June to September by appointment.

                                     20. Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne (2hr 10mins/144km)

                                  This pretty medieval village on the banks of the river Dordogne is nicknamed the ‘Limousin Riviera’ because of its mild climate. Perfect for its famous strawberry culture, which is celebrated the first weekend in May with a Strawberry Festival. In the abbey church see the tympanum depicting the Last Supper, one of the finest in France. Browse the boutiques and antique shops around the main square and enjoy the fine architecture of the medieval period. Take a walk down to the river where there is a lovely church, and cross the river for the best photographic views. Enjoy a trip down the river on a riverboat (Gabare) or simply just stroll its scenic banks looking for the best spot perfect for a picnic.

                                  Don’t miss nearby:

                                  Rocamadour (2hr 16mins/166km)

                                  This world heritage site is one of France's most important tourist destinations with over 1 million annual visitors.  it this lovely village every year not only because it’s an important pilgrim destination on the road to ‘Santiago de Compostella’ but also because of its staggering location up a craggy hillside. The village lined with medieval houses is picture perfect and is especially beautiful as the sunsets. See the ‘grand escalier’ which has 216 steps leading to a small chapel where a miracle took place in 1148 after which pilgrims started to arrive. Their donations enabled the erection of other religious buildings including the chapel Notre Dame which houses the Black Madonna.

                                  If you visit here you must also go to Gouffre de Padirac, 11km away. This is France's first underground natural cave, which can be enjoyed by boat.  A stunning experience.

                                  Gouffe de Padirac (2 hrs 10mins/144km)

                                  Just 8 miles from Rocamadour lies the Padirac Abyss, and in 1899, was the first tourist attraction to open in France. Considered the most beautiful of its kind, you descend 103 metres into the chasm and experience breathtaking views by boat across a lake.  

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                                              To the West – The Charente


                                              Villebois Lavette castle

                                              Villebois-Lavette castle

                                              Cartoon art in Angouleme

                                              Cartoon art in Angouleme

                                              Roman Amphitheatre Saintes

                                              What to visit in the Charente:

                                              The Charente in the department of Poitou-Charente is named after the river that runs through its two main towns of Angouleme and Cognac.

                                              1. Cassinomagus (41mins/42km)

                                              The most monumental Gallo-Roman baths in Northern Europe outside of Rome were first excavated in 1958. Built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD, the baths covered 12,500m2 and included a 30m high temple. You can walk through the many types of bathing rooms and wall pictorials show a reconstruction of how it would have looked in its prime. This is an excellent site and well worth a visit.

                                              2. Villebois-Lavalette (1 hr 2mins/66km)

                                              Is dominated by a large hilltop 12th-century Chateau de Villebois. The Saturday market is worth a visit alongside the old houses and buildings that make up this very scenic village.

                                              3. Confolens (1hr 4mins/69km)

                                              This medieval town with over 60 half-timbered houses and its 13th-century bridge make a.  Famous for an annual International Folklore Festival held in August, it's well worth a place to stop off at.

                                              4. Angouleme (1hr 17mins/75km)

                                              Is surrounded by large boulevards which stand above the original ramparts that protected the town. Known for both art and history there is much to see in the old town including a very ornate cathedral. Museums include Fine Arts, Archaeology, Paper and Comic books. It has two famous annual events; an International Comics Festival in January and a Classic car race in September, which first started in 1939.

                                              5. Aubeterre sur Dronne (1hr 21mins/78km)

                                              Located on a steep hill, this is the only one of France's most beautiful villages in the Charente. It has welcomed tourists for over 1000 years and was an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Compostella in the Middle Ages.  Of particular interest is the unusual Troglodyte (Underground) church of St Jean which is well worth the visit. The lovely Romanesque church of St Jacques church with its stunning facade and the many delightful small streets brimming with eateries, boutiques and galleries make this village a delight to visit.

                                              6. Cognac (1hr 48mins/120km)

                                              Not only renowned for its brandy this lovely city also has other things to offer besides the obvious. It has several historic buildings including the Valois Castle and the Chateau of Cognac. The Cognac Museum is dedicated to local art and history, whereas the Arts of Cognac Museum is dedicated to the story of brandy. Several of the major Cognac brands offer visits and tastings.

                                              7.Saintes (2 hr 14mins/147km)

                                              Although this place falls into the Charente Maritime region, for those who have an interest in the Roman Period, it's a must-visit. Situated by the river, it's a pleasure to meander through its medieval streets, on route to the Roman Amphitheatre, which is the best-preserved example you are ever likely to find.

                                              So, in conclusion, the above list is not exhaustive but includes suggestions for some of the most popular places to see.

                                              Things to See & Do



                                              The charming village of Mialet is located in the Dordogne, South West France in the Aquitaine region.


                                              Top 12 Attractions

                                              There are so many places to visit and things to do in our area. To give you a little taster we have created a list of our top 12 favourites.


                                              What to See in Our Region

                                              There are countless places to visit within a 2-hour radius of Miallet. Here are the main sites including drive time and distance.


                                              Where & What to Eat

                                              Eating out is a fabulous experience in this part of France and there is a huge variety of establishments to choose from. 


                                              Festivals & Events

                                              Annual calendar of festivals & events in the Dordogne and nearby departments.


                                              Sports & Outdoors

                                              The North Dordogne or Perigord Vert is a perfect location for those with a great affinity to the great outdoors.