Visiting Dordogne - 10 Reasons to holiday in Dordogne by:Orson Johnson
Dordogne is one of the most beautiful regions in France. With its stunning castles and lush forests, Dordogne has the appearance of having emerged straight out of a fairytale. There are many monuments, Chateaux, and rustic villages dotting the region and visitors to the area will enjoy the architecture and scenery in Dordogne. Listed below are some of the best reasons for visiting this part of France.
1. The Chateau de Beynac - This ancient Chateau is one of the most stunning architectural masterpieces in Dordogne. It is also one of the most important landmarks in the region and gives visitors a glimpse into France's history.
2. The Gouffre de Proumeyssac - Also known as the Crystal Cathedral cave, this location is one of the most visited sites in the region. Visitors to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac are hoisted into the cave through an opening in the ceiling. This adds an element of excitement to the experience.
3. The Commarque Castle -This castle was built in the 12th century and has been exceptionally maintained. The castle is located amidst an ancient forest and visitors are allowed to freely walk around the castle grounds.
4. The Chateau de Jumilhac - This castle is located in one of the most scenic areas in Dordogne. It also has a breathtaking ceiling that visitors are sure to remember even after they leave the region.
5. Le Village du Bournat - This village comprises a collection of buildings that have been turned into an open-air museum. Guests can also attire themselves in period clothing and have their portraits taken as a memento of their visit.
6. Sarlat - Sarlat is a shopping town where tourists can do a little shopping. The best bargains can be had during the weekly Saturday markets where visitors can purchase anything from souvenirs to skilfully made caricatures.
7. Canoeing - This is one of the most popular activities in Dordogne and there are many establishments set-up in near the river to help tourists get started with their canoeing.
8. The Corn Maze - This is a huge maze set up in a Maize field. Visitors are given a map and are required to try and find their way across the gigantic maize maze. Visitors are also welcome to picnic in the area surrounding the maze.
9. The Chateau de Marqueysaac - This Chateau has some of the most beautiful garden complexes in Dordogne. There are also musical performances occasionally held in the premises. As an additional attraction, tourists can take a ride in authentic looking horse-drawn carriages.
10. La Roque St-Christophe - This is an ancient troglodyte construction located in the Vezere valley. Tourists can hike along the half-mile stretch while studying ancient ruins and buildings.
About the author
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Dordogne holidays villas and Holiday cottages.