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is situated in the area known as the ‘purple region’, a reference to the colour of the grapes grown in the many vineyards. Contrary to popular belief, the 17th century philosopher and dramatist Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac had very little to do with the town. There is a statue dedicated to him in the old town, but he spent only a few nights here in his entire life!

is a picturesque medieval town. The river is straddled by three bridges, the Valentré bridge, with its three strengthened towers and six arches being an exceptional example of medieval defence. Some of the half-timbered buildings still remain, and the town boasts a fine cathedral.

is a small village with panoramic views over the valley, including Castelnau, one of the most important castles in France.

has narrow cobbled streets lines with buildings constructed from the local Sarlat stone. Open-air markets and traders stalls adorn these streets, just as they have for centuries. It is also a haven for artists who flock here to capture the town’s golden light. Stroll through the public gardens above the Palais de Justice, which were laid out in the 17th century, or explore magnificent buildings such as the cathedral and City Hall.

Lascaux Caves,
discovered in 1940, contains some of the world’s best preserved prehistoric art. The cave is closed to the public to protect it from degeneration, however, a replica has been created at Montignac, 200 metres from the original cave, where two of the galleries have been reproduced: the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery.

is set in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, mid-way between Rocamadour and Sarlat, the gateway to the south of France. This charming little town has plenty to offer, including its 12th century parish church of St Martin, the National Museum of Automata and several interesting railway viaducts. The town’s atmospheric old streets and cobbled courtyards harbour shops, restaurants and friendly inns.

is mentioned in records from the 10th century, although there is evidence of human habitation as far back as Neolithic times. The fortifications of an 11th century priory stand next to St Peter’s church, which retains a number of features from the Middle Ages, including beautiful cloisters and a famous entombment which is an almost perfect sculpture of the late 15th Century. Also worth a visit is the Dean’s Chateau, a 16th century building which houses a year round exhibition about the town and surrounding area.