Paris is on every traveler’s wanderlust wish list, but there are so many more amazing areas of France to visit as well. Here is why you should add the Dordogne region, the midwest of France, to your wanderlust wish list.
Similar to the US midwest, the Dordogne has field upon field upon field. It is a stunning drive through the countryside from beautiful medieval town to medieval town. Not only are there fields as far as the eye can see, but you also have incredibly diverse topography from fields to cliffs, the scenery is constantly changing.
True to the English tradition, there are some stunning gardens that you can visit in the Dordogne region, like these at the Jardins De Marqueyssac.
The french countryside has dozens of picture perfect towns, but none are more stunning or gravity defying than Roccamadour. This town seems to defy gravity and cling to the side of the cliff it was built into.
Like the rest of France, the Dordogne has some amazing food. Each town has its weekly market where you can buy local produce, any type of stinky cheese your heart could desire, and fresh locally made meats. Given all the farms in the region the food is literally farm to table. Not only are there fresh markets, but there are delicious restaurants, some Michelin starred, that you can actually get reservations at. Tip: Do it like the locals; make your reservation for dejeuner (lunch), it is more affordable and then you have the rest of the afternoon to walk off your food coma while you are visiting the sights.
From Sarlat to Castlenaud to Brantome, there is town after town offering beautiful scenery and relaxing cafes to grab a cafe au lait and let the afternoon slip by.
One of the incredible things about the Dordogne is the number of beautiful chateaus. Some are named tourist sights that you can visit, but many are not. You will be driving along and pass stunning french chateaus. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery!
The incredible thing about french wine is that it is delicious, abundant, and very affordable. The Dordogne has some beautiful wineries which offer wine tastings, vineyard tours, and more. We did ours at Monbazillac near Bergerac.
Not only is there a ton to do, see, and enjoy in the Dordogne, but the people are super friendly. There are so many reasons to visit the Dordogne, add it to your wanderlust wish list and let me know what you loved about it. What is your favorite place in France outside of Paris? Where should we visit next?
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